Caps coach Dale Hunter not returning next season

Hunter took over as head coach halfway through the 2011-2012 season and brought the team to the playoffs with his defensive coaching style. (AP)

WASHINGTON – Capitals coach Dale Hunter, who took the team to the playoffs, will not be returning as coach next season. He is stepping down from the position.

General Manager George McPhee says Hunter’s decision was not unexpected. Hunter told McPhee at 10 a.m. that he wouldn’t be returning.

Hunter has been the owner, president and head coach of the London Knights Hockey Club for the past 12 seasons.

He stepped down November 2011 when he was named the new head coach of the Washington Capitals.

The organization says Hunter was still very involved in the organization, holding the positions of team president and owner.

Hunter’s son, Dylan, is the Long Knights all-time leader in games played. Before he bought the Knights in May 2000, Hunter was director of player development for the Washington Capitals in 1999-2000.

In his 19 seasons in the National Hockey League, Hunter played for the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche. His #32 was retired by the Washington Capitals in March of 2000.

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