DALE HUNTER - OWNER, PRESIDENT & HEAD COACH

Dale is currently in his 14th season as the Owner, President and Head Coach of the London Knights. Prior to purchasing the London Knights in May 2000 from the Tarry Family, Dale served as Director of Player Development for the Washington Capitals from 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 retirement.  He is a graduate of the Ontario Hockey League having played for both the Kitchener Rangers and Sudbury Wolves, where his number is also retired.

Dale has been a central role to the success the London Knights have had the past 14 seasons.  During his time with the team, the  team has won 50 or more games four times and finished first in the OHL six times.  Last season marked the eighth time in eleven years his team finished with 100 points or more.  He has compiled a record of 550-216-17-48 in 824 OHL games.  He has the Best Winning Percentage in the history of the OHL at .667%

Dale 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.  The following season, he led the London Knights to their first ever Memorial Cup Championship after compiling a CHL Record of 59-7-2-0 and then going 20-2-0-0 in the play-offs and Memorial Cup Championship.

In 2011, Dale was the head coach 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 2012-2013 season.  He then guided the Knights to their third OHL Championship, and second in a row.

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 sixth consecutive Gold medal after a 4-0 win over Team USA. 

Dale has worked with current NHLer’s such as Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Brandon Prust, Dave Bolland, Sam Gagner, Patrick Kane, Olli Maatta and Bo Horvat. 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 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