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Number retired Mar. 11, 2000

Referred to by many as the "heart and soul" of the Washington Capitals, Dale Hunter was well respected for his dedication to the game. His 19 season in the NHL, 1,407 regular-season games and 186 playoff games serve as testimony to that dedication. At the time of his retirement following the 1998-99 season, only seven players in NHL history had appeared in more total games.

Hunter left the game having firmly etched his name in the Capitals' record book. In regular-season play he finished his career ranked first in penalty minutes (2,003), second in games played (872), tied for second in power-play goals (72), third in assists (375), third in points (556), tied for fifth in game-winning goals (29) and tied for eighth in goals (181). He retired leading the franchise in virtually every category: games played (100), goals (25), assists (47), points (72), power-play goals (11) and penalty minutes (372).

Perhaps Hunter summed up his contributions best at his retirement ceremony March 11, 2000, when he said, "I'm not a Wayne Gretzky. I just tried to give my all every night. That work ethic is what the Caps have always been about."

REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS
SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG S S%
  NHL TOTALS 1,407 323 697 1,020 98 3,565 92 10 41 2,045 15.8
1987-1988 CAPITALS 79 22 37 59 7 240 11 0 1 126 17.5
1988-1989 CAPITALS 80 20 37 57 -3 219 9 0 3 138 14.5
1989-1990 CAPITALS 80 23 39 62 17 233 9 1 6 123 18.7
1990-1991 CAPITALS 76 16 30 46 -22 234 9 0 2 106 15.1
1991-1992 CAPITALS 80 28 50 78 -2 205 13 0 4 110 25.4
1992-1993 CAPITALS 84 20 59 79 3 198 10 0 2 120 16.7
1993-1994 CAPITALS 52 9 29 38 -4 131 1 0 1 61 14.8
1994-1995 CAPITALS 45 8 15 23 -4 101 3 0 1 73 11.0
1995-1996 CAPITALS 82 13 24 37 5 112 4 0 3 128 10.2
1996-1997 CAPITALS 82 14 32 46 -2 125 3 0 5 110 12.7
1997-1998 CAPITALS 82 8 18 26 1 103 0 0 1 82 9.8
1998-1999 CAPITALS 50 0 5 5 -7 102 0 0 0 18 0.0
PLAYOFF STATISTICS
SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG S S%
  NHL TOTALS 186 42 76 118 -1 729 13 2 7 152  
1987-1988 CAPITALS 14 7 5 12 2 98 4 0 1 24 29.2
1988-1989 CAPITALS 6 0 4 4 3 29 0 0 0 7 0.0
1989-1990 CAPITALS 15 4 8 12 -1 61 1 0 0 13 30.8
1990-1991 CAPITALS 11 1 9 10 2 41 0 0 0 16 6.2
1991-1992 CAPITALS 7 1 4 5 -1 16 0 0 0 16 6.2
1992-1993 CAPITALS 6 7 1 8 -7 35 4 0 1 18 38.9
1993-1994 CAPITALS 7 0 3 3 -2 14 0 0 0 7 0.0
1994-1995 CAPITALS 7 4 4 8 0 24 2 0 0 13 30.8
1995-1996 CAPITALS 6 1 5 6 4 24 0 0 0 14 7.1
1997-1998 CAPITALS 21 0 4 4 -1 30 0 0 0 14 10.0