Yesterday, the Washington Capitals announced the hiring of Assistant Coach Tim Hunter. Hunter now joins Head Coach Adam Oates, Assistant Coach Calle Johansson, and Associate Goaltending Coach Olaf Kolzig on the Capitals coaching staff. All four coaches have either played or coached for the Capitals before.
Hunter has been coaching in the NHL for the past 13 seasons following his retirement from the game. He has coached 1,041 total games. From 1997-2002, he was a coach for the Capitals. Hunter coached Oates, Kolzig, and Johansson when they all played for the Capitals.
Throughout his 16 year career in the NHL, Hunter played for Calgary, Quebec, Vancouver, and San Jose. In 1989, he won the Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames.
I like the fact that the Capitals are staying with their own people. They haven't gone out and signed a coach that has no affiliation with the Washington franchise. Everybody on the coaching staff has either coached or played for the Capitals at some point in time.
In this particular case, Hunter at one point coached the rest of the coaching staff. They have worked together before and under the same roof. They already have an understanding of each other and that will make the gelling process much smoother as we reach the beginning of the season.
The Capitals have assembled quite a coaching staff. All of their coaches have immense experience in the game that includes both time as a player and as a coach. They have all played on the Capitals, as well. They understand D.C. fans and know what is expected of them. The coaching staff alone should have fans excited for the upcoming hockey season in D.C.
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Source: NHL.com, Washington Times