Professional Athlete

 2005 Inductee

Dale Hunter
Born:  Petrolia, Ontario



Dale Hunter was the 5th round draft pick of the Kitchener Jr. A. Rangers in the 1977 Ontario Hockey League Draft and spent 3 season with the Rangers and Sudbury Wolves.  In 1979 he was selected in the 2nd round of the National Hockey League Draft by the Quebec Nordiques.  He made the jump to the NHL after his 3rd season as a rookie directly from the Sudbury Wolves in the 1980-81 NHL season.

Dale spent the next 7 years as a member of the Nordiques recording an NHL career high 79 points during the 1983-84 season.  In the summer of 1987 he was traded to the Capitals in Washington D.C. and spent 12 years in Washington where he became that franchises most popular and well know player.

Upon retiring from the Washington Capitals he was quickly hired by the Capitals as their Director of Player Development.  He spent one full year traveling North America working with young Washington Capital prospects showing them the mental and physical attributes of becoming an NHL player.

Dale's NHL career saw him score 1,020 points in 1,407 NHL games and the Washington Capitals retired his #32 jersey at the MCI Centre home of the Washington Capitals.

In May of 2000 Dale and his brother Mark purchased the London Knights Hockey Club.  Dale took over the coaching reins of the London Knights in November 2001.  In 2003-04 Dale was named the Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year at the CHL Awards in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Dale let the 2003 - 04 Knights to an OHL record of 110 points leading up to the 2004-05 season whereby the London team won the Canadian Memorial Cup emblematic of Junior "A" supremacy in Canada.


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