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Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 11/28/2011

Live blog: New Capitals Coach Dale Hunter speaks

We’ll have live updates here soon from newly-named Capitals Coach Dale Hunter’s first news conference.

What should Hunter do first as Capitals’ head coach? Weigh in.

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:

More on Boudreau firing/Hunter hiring:

Capitals fire Bruce Boudreau; Dale Hunter named coach

Hunter addresses the media

What should Hunter do first?

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

Poll: Was it the right move?

Tracee Hamilton: Boudreau had to go

D.C. SportsBog: Top 10 Boudreau moments

Leonsis thanks Boudreau

Box Seats: Caps say “Goodnight Bruce”

Q&A: Boswell on firing

Photos: Boudreau fired

Bog: The biggest goal in Caps history

Box Seats: Why Bruce had to go

Ovechkin on Boudreau

Ex-teammates praise Hunter

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