During more than 10 seasons as head coach of the OHL’s London Knights, Dale Hunter coached a number of players that went on to become successful NHLers, from Rick Nash, Patrick Kane, Corey Perry, Dan Girardi, John Tavares and others.
Turns out one of the players he was coaching in the weeks before taking over the helm of the Capitals may have a particularly bright future as well. Millersville, Md., native Jarred Tinordi was named to the U.S. national junior team that will compete at the World Junior Championships, which begin Monday in Edmonton.
Tinordi, 19, is the son of former Capitals defenseman Mark Tinordi and is captain of the London Knights this season. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound defenseman, who was chosen 22nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2010, earned plenty of praise from Hunter.
“He’s a big man. A defensive defenseman. He moves the puck and he’s tough and a very good skater, better than his dad,” Hunter said with a laugh. “Sorry, Mark. He’s tough, too, like his dad was.”
Hunter was also asked if he thought Tinordi could be a captain of Team USA and the coach said it wouldn’t surprise him to see the defenseman do well in that role.
“I think he could be,” Hunter said. “He’s one of those guys that cares about winning and cares about his teammates and that’s how you win games.”