The Washington Post

Old school Dale Hunter giveaway signs

Indeed, these signs were the lede of the next day’s Post game story about a 4-4 tie with Pittsburgh, this being Nov. 27, 1993:

One poster handed to fans at the door simply read “DALE.” Another one showed the mug and squat, battle-scarred body of the man who is the heart and soul of the Washington Capitals and who had been suspended for the first quarter of the regular season.

In returning to the lineup last night, Dale Hunter made beautiful, feathery passes and set up two goals. He pushed, shoved and jostled with opponents a half-foot taller. And the man who is third on the all-time list for career penalty minutes in the National Hockey League collected another 14....

The announced sellout crowd of 18,130 — the first of the season — included Vice President Al Gore and his family, and a very loud contingent from Pittsburgh that booed Hunter. But much of the home crowd gave him a standing ovation when he came on the ice for his first shift — a shift on which he helped put the Capitals ahead, 1-0.

I’d take a reprise of the first sign at any time now, thanks.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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