- The Washington Times - Friday, November 9, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
DALE'S BACK Mark Hunter, general manager of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, went looking for a new coach Wednesday and didn't have to go far. He hired one of his older brothers, Dale, to coach the struggling team, of which Dale already was president and governor.
"It wasn't really something I thought about doing," said Dale, who spent 19 years in the NHL, 12 of them with the Capitals. Mark also played briefly for Washington.
Dale acknowledged he had offers to coach at higher levels from other groups but decided to stay close to home. Among the players on the Knights are his 16-year-old son, Dylan, and a 17-year-old nephew, Logan. Dale and Mark bought the OHL team two years ago, and the city of London is building a 10,000-seat facility that will look much like Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
Hiring his brother was Mark's first official function for the team in exactly a year. He had been suspended for that length of time from all duties with the club after he sent a player onto the ice to fight while serving as acting coach.
Dale Hunter, a little chubbier than in his playing days, replaced coach Lindsay Hofford, who was retained as an associate coach.
COATS NEEDED The Caps are helping to sponsor the Warm Hearts Coat Drive, which last season collected more than 4,000 coats for charitable organizations. Collections bins will be at the F Street entrance and at the 7th and G streets entrance of MCI Center on Nov. 30.
Dave Fay

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