Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Dale Hunter can coach?

Why yes he can! The former bruising NHL forward (1020 points and 3565 PIM's in 1407 career NHL games) and a bad-boy reputation has been coaching the London Knights of the OHL for the past 4 years. He has compiled a 167-72-21 record in 272 games coaching there. He is also co-owner/President of the team with his brother Mark. The Knights won a Memorial Cup in 2005.
The rumor now is that he is one of the candidates to coach the Senators.
Hunter has a shady past. He served a 21 game sentence in the 1993 playoffs for smashing Islander's Pierre Turgeon into the boards after Turgeon had scored the winning goal in Game 6 over the Capitals. (seen below) That was the longest suspension in NHL history.
On a positive note, Hunter's #32 was retired by the Capitals and Dale received an honorary penalty box.
Is Hunter a true option? Would he bring team toughness to a Sens team that somewhat lacked that in the Finals?

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At June 22, 2007 at 8:11 a.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

why Not?,he would go good with Captain slapshot(alfie)

At June 22, 2007 at 3:46 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Hahaha! True that! He would encourage that type of behaviour :)

At June 24, 2007 at 10:40 a.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think he would encourage it,I think that people do things in the heat of the moment that's all,
we never remember the good things people do,only the bad things.
that does not make Alfie a bad hockey player,But Alfie did loose points with me for not admitting to it.
There's nothing worst than a liar,and a liar is not what dale Hunter is about.
I think Hunter would encourage Alfie but not in a bad way,We all learn by are mistakes,And I don't think Dale would pass that type of message to his players. I think Dale as matured as a person and would be a very good coach for the Senators in my opinion.

At June 24, 2007 at 10:50 a.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...
I wonder if Murray encouraged Alfie to do that??

At June 28, 2007 at 2:24 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember that playoff game I was there, and believe me, when Hunter hit Pierre Turgeon after he just scored, it really felt good. Yeah, yeah I know he shouldn't have done it and all, but hey, Hunts was having a hell of a playoff run. He was leading the team in goals and no one else on the team was contributing at all.

Just look at what all his team mates feel and have said about him. If he can get that kind admiration from his players he's already better then most coaches in the league. I would follow him into battle any day!


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