Last week, General Manager George McPhee said the Capitals’ assistant coaches would “probably not” return to Washington next season and in the case of Dean Evason, it is now apparent why.
Evason, 47, has been hired to coach the Milwaukee Admirals, the AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators.
For the past seven years, Evason served as an assistant coach for the Capitals, working with three different head coaches — Glen Hanlon, Bruce Boudreau and Dale Hunter — during his tenure. Evason, who was uniformly respected by the Capitals’ players, helped shape the penalty kill, and players attributed much of the unit’s success in recent seasons to his guidance.
This is Evason’s first head coaching position at the professional level. Prior to joining the Capitals for the 2005-06 season, though, Evason spent five years as a head coach in the CHL’s Western Hockey League with the Kamloops Blazers and Vancouver Giants.
— In unsurprising coaching news, former Capitals bench boss Dale Hunter is going to resume duties as coach of the London Knights, the OHL team he co-owns with his brother Mark, according to the London Free Press.
Dale Hunter coached the Knights for 11 years before taking the helm mid-season in Washington in 2011-12. Mark Hunter took over the role for the rest of the season and led the team to the championship game of the Memorial Cup. There was some question as to which Hunter brother would carry the title of head coach next season, but this news is far from unexpected.