Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dale Hunter Carrying Success from OHL's Knights to NHL's Capitals: Dale Hunter Extending Success in NHL

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dale Hunter Carrying Success from OHL's Knights to NHL's Capitals: Dale Hunter Extending Success in NHL

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LONDON, Ont. - Dale Hunter's success this season isn't limited to the NHL.

The head coach of the Washington Capitals is also the majority owner and president of the London Knights, who are playing in the Ontario Hockey League final against the Niagara IceDogs.

Hunter left after more than 10 seasons as the Knights' head coach to take over the Capitals on Nov. 28. He's still missed by the junior hockey team despite their run to the title without him.

"We certainly miss his leadership here," said Knights governor Trevor Whiffen. "Dale is the ultimate leader in the dressing room on game night, but everyone else here has done their best to fill the gaps very nicely."

London rolled out a smooth transition behind the bench with Dale Hunter's brother Mark taking over as head coach, adding one more name plate to his office door along with general manager and vice-president. Mark Hunter won a Stanley Cup in 1989 with Calgary and played more than 600 NHL games with other stops in Montreal, Hartford, St. Louis and Washington.

Dale Hunter's son, Dylan, who was an OHL star when London won its only Memorial Cup in 2005, was already an assistant coach with the team.

Assistant general manager Misha Donskov has been on staff for four years and said he sees a lot of similarities between Dale and Mark.

"The word I always like to use about the coaching change is seamless," said Donskov. "When Mark stepped in, he obviously already knew all the guys. Dale and Mark share all the same philosophies. They expect the players to be accountable, and from the standpoint of systems, their expectations are the same -- be responsible on defence and play all three zones."

With the evolving coaching staff the Knights maintained their course, completing the OHL regular season first overall with 99 points. Dale Hunter went 20-5-1 before answering the call to the NHL. …

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