Caps Add Tim Hunter To Coaching Staff


The Capitals announced Monday that former assistant coach Tim Hunter would be rejoining the staff for the upcoming 2012-13 season.


Hunter spent five seasons as an assistant in Washington under former Caps coach Ron Wilson. He was part of the staff that led the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998.


Hunter will be well acquainted with his fellow coaches, having previously coached new head coach Adam Oates, goaltending coach Olie Kolzig, and assistant coach Calle Johansson.


As a player, Hunter played 16 seasons with the Flames, Nordiques, Canucks, and Sharks, respectively. He was known as an enforcer and still holds the Flames' franchise record for penalty minutes with 2,405.


The addition of Hunter to the Caps coaching staff continues the trend by Oates and General Manager George McPhee of bringing in people familiar with the team and with Oates. He will surely focus on bringing grit and toughness to the Caps, but also will be a source of knowledge for a relatively inexperienced coaching staff.


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