DALE HUNTER OWNER, PRESIDENT & HEAD COACH

Dale begins his 13th season as the Owner, President and Head Coach of the London Knights.  In 2011, Dale took the head coaching for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League but announced at the end of the season that he would be returning as head coach of the London Knights for the start of the 2012-2013 season.  He guided the Knights to their 3rd OHL Championship, and second in a row, last year.

During his time with the London Knights, he has compiled a record of 501-202-17-36 in 756 games.   He has the Best Winning Percentage in the history of the OHL at .679% and became the fastest coach in the history of the OHL to record 500 wins when he won his 500th game on Saturday, March 16, 2013 against the Saginaw Spirit.  He was named Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year in 2003-2004 and led the London Knights to their 1st ever Memorial Cup Championship in 2004-2005 after compiling an CHL Record of 59-7-2-0 and then going 20-2-0-0 in the play-offs.

During his time as coach of the London Knights, the team has won 50 or more games 4 times and finished 1st in the OHL 6 times.  Last season marked the 7th time in 10 years his team finished with 100 points or more.  Dale’s worked with current NHLer’s such as Rick Nash , Corey Perry, Brandon Prust, David Bolland, Sam Gagner, and Patrick Kane.   During his time with London he has also coached three 1st Overall NHL Draft Picks during their Draft Year (Rick Nash in 2002, Patrick Kane in 2007 and John Tavares in 2009).

In July, 2013, Hockey Canada announced that Dale would coach the U18 Men’s team at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in Czech Republic and Slovakia in August.  Dale lead the team to their 6th consecutive Gold medal after a 4-0 win over Team USA.

Prior to purchasing the London Knights in May 2000 from the Tarry Family, Dale served as Director of Player Development for the Washington Capitals in 1999-2000.  As a player, Dale spent 19 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche.   His #32 was retired by the Washington Capitals following his career.   He is a graduate of the Ontario Hockey League having played for both the Kitchener Rangers and Sudbury Wolves.   In the offseason Dale enjoys horse-racing, farming and golf.  

 

YEAR (Last 10)

CLUB

GP

W

L

T

OTL

PTS

 03-04

London 

68

53

11

2

2

110

 04-05

London 

68

59

7

2

0

120

 05-06

London 

68

49

15

0

4

102

 06-07

London 

68

50

14

0

4

104

 07-08

London 

68

38

24

0

6

82

 08-09

London 

68

49

16

1

2

101

 09-10

London 

68

49

16

1

2

101

10-11

London

68

34

29

4

1

73

11-12

London

26

20

5

0

1

41

11-12

Washington

60

30

23

0

7

67

12-13

London

68

50

13

0

5

105

 

Totals

766

512

200

11

43

1008

 

Win%

.707