Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Dale Hunter, Canada

By Chapin Landvogt
Dale Hunter - London Knights

Photo: London Knights head coach Dale Hunter spent most of his NHL career with the Quebec Nordiques and Washington Capitals before finishing his career with the Colorado Avalanche (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

In his NHL days, Dale Hunter made his name as an agitator who also happened to possess some talent for the game. Opposing players hated competing against Hunter, while opposing coaches had to deal with his two-pronged attack of offense and annoyance.

Now retired from the league, Hunter has found further success in the junior ranks as co-owner, team president and head coach of the OHL's London Knights. The team has turned into a model junior franchise under the direction of Hunter, his brother and former NHL player Mark Hunter, and another former NHL player, Basil McRae. During the trio's tenure as owners, the Knights have made three Memorial Cup appearances including winning the CHL title in 2005.

For Dale Hunter, the latest success is his turn as head coach of Canada's entry at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Hunter's squad took home the gold medal in convincing fashion, pitching a 4-0 shutout over Team USA in the gold medal game.

Hunter spoke with the media after the gold medal win, a conversation that is captured in this Hockey's Future video.

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