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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 11/29/2011

About Capitals Coach Dale Hunter’s one suit

We assume this is the old jacket, pictured in November 2004. (Claus Andersen - GETTY IMAGES)
When Dale Hunter takes his place on the Capitals’ bench for his debut as head coach Tuesday night at Verizon Center, he will do so in the same suit he’s been wearing since the start of the 2006 junior season.

Asked this morning at KCI if he was living out of one suitcase since flying to Washington yesterday, Hunter said yes, but he only had one suit — a blue one — anyway.

“Same suit. Same blue,” Hunter said with a laugh when asked by London Free Press reporter Ryan Pyette if he had a new one.

The story goes, Hunter wore a suit that included an ugly tan jacket from roughly 2001 through 2005. When the London Knights captured the Memorial Cup at the conclusion of the 2005 season, Hunter threw the tan jacket in the middle of the dressing room and let the players beat it up — putting it out of its misery.

So when the next season began, Hunter bought a blue suit. He’s been wearing it ever since and he’ll be sporting it tonight as the Caps take on the Blues.

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Box Seats: Why Boudreau had to go

Video: Hunter: “I’m a player’s coach”

Capitals fire Bruce Boudreau; Dale Hunter named coach

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Photos: Dale Hunter named new head coach

Timeline: Bruce Boudreau’s coaching tenure

D.C. Sports Bog: Old school Dale Hunter giveaway signs

Video: McPhee on Boudreau, ‘The tank was empty’

Poll: Was it the right move?

D.C. SportsBog: Top 10 Boudreau moments

Leonsis thanks Boudreau

Box Seats: Caps say “Goodnight Bruce”

Photos: Boudreau fired

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