Introducing: London Calling, Dale Hunter's Knights Legacy

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LONDON, Ontario | Washington Capitals fans know Dale Hunter as their coach now and player and captain from years ago. But in between, he and his brother Mark undertook the entrepreneurial and hockey management challenge of a lifetime by purchasing the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League and trying to turn them into a winner.

To say that has been a stirring success would be an understatement. During my days there and in phone conversations, folks around London and the Knights used phrases like “New York Yankees of the OHL” and “model franchise.” Game nights at the John Labatt Centre downtown, with crowds of over 9,000 people, showed just how popular the Knights have become.

On this site, this blog and in The Washington Times this week, you’ll get an inside look at just about every aspect of the Knights, from coaching and the regime change when Dale joined the Caps to how host families interact with each other and the Hunters and how the NHL alumni base of ex-Knights has blossomed. You’ll read about Rick Nash, Corey Perry, John Tavares, Dennis Wideman - all household names now - and kids like Max Domi and Jarred Tinordi, current London players who could be in the pros in the coming years.

Keep checking back for a running list of links to the stories, and feel free to send any questions along via email (swhyno@washingtontimes.com) or Twitter (@SWhyno)

NEWSPAPER SERIES

Part One: “Knights on the Town,” a London Legacy

Part Two: “Hunters enjoy relative success,” a look at Dale and Mark

Part Three: “Playing on London Knights prepares alumni for NHL success”

Part Four: “Dale Hunter’s life now a tale of two cities” will Dale coach the Caps past this season?

KNIGHTS TALES

John Erskine

John Carlson

Dennis Wideman

John Tavares

EXTRA WEB CONTENT

This year’s team wasn’t supposed to be “this good”

Alumni skates bring togehter Knights of past, present

Twins Matt and Ryan Rupert are spitting images of Dale and Mark Hunter

Brian Grillis trumpets Knights’ success

Photo gallery

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