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Dale Hunter resigns as coach of Washington Capitals

May 14, 2012|By Houston Mitchell

Get Adobe Flash playerDale Hunter stepped down as coach of the Washington Capitals on Monday, two days after the team was eliminated from the NHL playoffs, saying he wants to return to his family in Canada.

Hunter was hired in November to replace the fired Bruce Boudreau and went 30-23-7 during the rest of the regular season to help the Capitals make the playoffs.

"I thought he did a great job of coming in and helping us out," Capitals General Manager George McPhee told the Washington Post.

"Trying to hire a coach in the middle of the season is a difficult process. So to have Dale available to come in, even if on a temporary basis, was something we liked a lot. That’s why we did a one-year deal, because we didn’t know if he could do it beyond this season."

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