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Capitals add Tim Hunter to coaching staff

Monday, 07.23.2012 / 12:43 PM / News

NHL.com

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.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game