- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 7, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

FAMILIAR FACES: Ron Wilson, the former Caps coach, has completed his staff at San Jose by hiring Rob Zettler and Tim Hunter. Both were connected with Wilson in seasons past.
Hunter played under Wilson when the coach was an assistant at Vancouver, and Wilson hired him as an assistant when he was named coach of the Caps in the summer of 1997. Hunter continued as an assistant with Washington until Wilson was fired last summer, then worked in player development with the Caps until he accepted Wilson's offer earlier this week.
Zettler retired as a player after last season, playing the last three seasons of his 14-year career with the Caps. He moved immediately back to the San Jose area, where he had played, and joined the Sharks as an analyst on radio broadcasts.
Zettler was signed by Washington general manager George McPhee specifically to work with younger players at the Caps' American Hockey League team in Portland, Maine, and to be available in case he was needed because of injuries on the big team. He played 90 games in that capacity for Washington with one goal, 11 points and 130 penalty minutes.
WELCOME HOME?: Atlanta goalie Byron Dafoe, Boston's netminder for five good seasons until he exercised free agency at the end of last season, returned to FleetCenter on Thursday night and heard chants of "By-ron, By-ron, By-ron" coming from the half-filled stands.
"Somebody told me that if you get booed in Boston as a comeback player, it means you were pretty good while you were here," he told reporters after the Thrashers lost to the Bruins in overtime 4-3. "So I'll take it as a compliment."
Dafoe, drafted by the Caps one round after they selected Olie Kolzig in 1989, was beaten by Glen Murray 1:53 into overtime on a Bruin power play. He had a rough start to the second period, giving up three within four minutes, but otherwise stood his old teammates on their ear.
Dave Fay


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