We’ll have live updates here soon from newly-named Capitals Coach Dale Hunter’s first news conference.
Updates will appear below in reverse-chronological order.
— That’s it for now. Stay tuned for updates later.
— After Hunter’s news conference, fans at Kettler Capitals Iceplex were yelling “Dale!” to get his attention for autographs. “Later,” he said.
— Hunter says there will be a focus on defensive responsibility, re-establishing the forecheck.
— On the rise of hockey’s popularity in D.C.: “I can't believe how many red jerseys there are in the stands... it’s pretty awesome.”
— Hunter says GMGM called him yesterday about the job.
— On Alex Ovechkin’s slump: “He’s been good, he’s been scoring, but we have such a high level for Alex that we expect always more... It’s a team game. Alex is one part of it, a big part of it, but we have to play better as a team.”
— Hunter cites his experience as captain and playing for nearly 20 years as enough to be able to jump to the NHL from juniors.
— “I’m a players’ coach, but the players will know when I’m mad at them... if you continuously make mistakes, there will be repercussions.”
— He said he didn’t change any drills yet and just tried to talk to players, “just tried to have a high tempo.”
— Hunter says he’s taped every Capitals game for 20 years.
— “I don’t believe in run-and-gun hockey.”
— “I’ve been cheering for the Caps since I left here... it’s always been that way.”
Video of Hunter taking the ice for his first practice as coach:
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