Capitals fire Boudreau; hire Dale Hunter as head coach

November 28, 2011 | WNST Staff

The Washington Capitals have parted ways with long-time head coach Bruce Boudreau after the team’s fortunes have turned sour this month with shaky performances and road struggles.

After 22 games (12-9-1), longtime Caps legend Dale Hunter will take over the reigns as head coach with team holding onto the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference standings with 25 points in a very crowded race.

Boudreau’s assistant coaches, Dean Evason, Bob Woods and Blaine Forsythe, will remain in their posts under Hunter.

Hunter has coached the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League for more than a decade. He reached 300 and 400 career wins faster than any coach in league history and he just won his 450th game this Saturday against Erie.

Hunter makes his NHL coaching debut Tuesday when Washington begins a three-game homestand against the St. Louis Blues. The league’s two newest head coaches, Hunter and the Blues’ Ken Hitchcock will face off. Hitchcock was hired to replace Davis Payne on Nov. 6.

WNST still has “Rock The Red” seats left on our bus for the game tomorrow night.