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The Capitals new head coach as of Monday, Hunter collected 3,565 penalty minutes in 1407 career NHL games as a player with Quebec, Washington and Colorado.
He also put Pierre Turgeon out of most of the 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a hit-from-behind after Turgeon was celebrating a goal at Nassau Coliseum, damaging his shoulder and maybe killing New York's hopes for a Stanley Cup. Hunter showed some remorse afterwards, even calling Turgeon to apologize; but by then, the deed had been done.
Too bad, because Hunter could also play. He's the only NHL player ever to collect more than 3,000 penalty minutes and over 1,000 points in his career, and his No. 32 was retired by the Caps.
He's still no angel, though, and was suspended by the OHL for abuse of officials, among other things, in his multiple front-office roles with the London Knights. He also came under fire for things he said as London's head coach, despite posting 451 wins and a Memorial Cup championship while in charge of the Knights.
Come to think of it, his new Capitals player, Alexander Ovechkin, is pretty talented and surly himself— wonder if he ever watched Hunter while growing up.