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In a move both surprising and logical, the Capitals announced Sunday that Adam Oates would serve as co-coach of the AHL’s Hershey Bears with head coach Mark French for the duration of the lockout. Caps assistant coaches Calle Johansson, Tim Hunter, and Blaine Forsythe and goaltending coaches Dave Prior and Olie Kolzig will — in George McPhee’s words — “be involved at different times” and also help out with the Capitals’ ECHL affiliate, Reading Royals.
To adequately take on lockout-loaded teams like Oklahoma City Barons whose roster now features Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, and Justin Schultz, the Capitals have given their farm team the deepest coaching staff in AHL history.
Unofficially nicknaming this man “the Eagle”.
The Capitals new head coach Adam Oates named his second assistant on Monday, and it’s a face Caps fans might recognize. Tim Hunter will return to Washington with thirteen seasons as an NHL assistant under his belt, filling Washington’s needs for both a) an experienced assistant; and b) a member of the coaching staff named Hunter.
Hunter worked for the Capitals for five seasons under head coach Ron Wilson, during which he coached both Oates and Calle Johansson. We’re considering referring to him as “T. Hunter” or “Timmy” in order to reduce confusion about the number of Caps alumni currently on staff. Stay posted.
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