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Capitals add Tim Hunter to coaching staff

Monday, 07.23.2012 / 12:43 PM / News

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Capitals add Tim Hunter to coaching staff
Tim Hunter is joining the Washington Capitals' coaching staff as an assistant under new coach Adam Oates.

Tim Hunter is joining the Washington Capitals' coaching staff as an assistant under new coach Adam Oates.

Hunter, 51, has coached 1,041 games in an assistant's role in 13 seasons since his retirement as a player -- all under Ron Wilson, including five years behind the Washington bench (1997-2002). Hunter helped the Capitals reach the Stanley Cup Final in 1998 and the team reached the postseason in three of his five seasons with Washington. During that span, Hunter coached Oates, associate goaltending coach Olaf Kolzig and assistant coach Calle Johansson.

He also served as an assistant with San Jose (2002-08) and Toronto (2008-11).

As a player, Hunter played 16 seasons (1981-97) in the NHL for Calgary, Quebec, Vancouver and San Jose, and was a member of the Flames' Cup-winning team in 1989.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres