Dale Hunter: Fired, Or Resigned From Washington Capitals?

By: Amanda Crum - May 14, 2012

After less than one full season on the job, Dale Hunter has resigned his post as coach of the Washington Capitals amid a swirl of rumors that he was fired.

Hunter gave the news to owner George McPhee today, saying he feels his place is in Canada and that it’s “the right thing to do” at this time. The coach helped the Capitals earn a place in the playoffs, but they were ousted over the weekend by a loss to the New York Rangers, which some feel could be the reason for his sudden resignation. However, Hunter insists the move is motivated by a bit of homesickness.

“I’ve got a good thing going there with the family, so I’ll stay home,” he said.

Hunter was speaking of both his hockey family and his own family, since he owns the London Knights in Ontario, which is currently coached by his son and brother. No word yet on whether the Capitals have a replacement coach in mind.

The rumors are still making their way around the web, especially on Twitter:

Not sure why the Caps fired Dale Hunter. They finally achieved in the playoffs, and Ovechkin finally lost control of the team. Awful choice.(image) 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Damn I thought I’d get fired before Dale Hunter. Guess I was wrong. #capitals(image) 1 hour ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Dale Hunter fired as Caps head coach. Don Cherry heads to his punching wall to punch bricks labelled “the media” and “you people out there”.(image) 1 hour ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Dale Hunter fired as caps coach…..despite going deep in the second round.(image) 2 hours ago via Twitter for iPad ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

I don’t think Dale Hunter was our problem… Definitely should have fired mike green and joel ward(image) 2 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

My #NHL thoughts: dale hunter didn’t quit, Ovechkin fired him. New Jersey will dominate new york because they just have heart. Trade J.Staal(image) 2 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

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  • Tricia

    George McPhee isn’t the owner of the Caps, he’s the GM…..

  • truthhurts

    Ovi had him pushed out. Ovi was not hapy Hunter cut his ice time due to Ovi’s lack of production so Obi cried NYET to the owners and Hunter is gone.

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    I doubt Hunter got ‘fired’, but the media always makes mountains out of molehills until the truth finally escapes through the hot air vent. He has a business called the London Knights, a successful OHL franchise where HE’S the owner, calls the shots, runs the show, develops young talent. Sounds like Dale Hunter, a man that takes no crap from anybody by choice.

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    Hunter do not be fired