The Washington Capitals have fired head coach Bruce Boudreau after losing eight of their past 11 games, the Washington Post reports. Former Capitals player and Ontario Hockey League coach Dale Hunter has been named as his replacement.
Boudreau served four-plus seasons as the head coach of the Capitals with a regular season record of 201-88-40. He was awarded the Jack Adams trophy in 2008 as the league’s coach of the year in his inaugural season behind the Capitals bench. Boudreau recently became the fastest coach to reach 200 NHL wins. However, in his tenure, Boudreau did not lead the talent laden Caps past the second round in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Boudreau’s replacement, Dale Hunter has coached the OHL’s London Knights for over a decade and was the fastest coach to reach the 300 and 400 career wins mark in the OHL. Hunter played for the Capitals for 12 years and served as captain for five. His No. 32 jersey is just one of three Caps jerseys that has been retired. Hunter will be behind bench for the Capitals upcoming three-game homestand, opening against the St. Louis Blues and hopes to turn around the Capitals recent losing ways. Despite a strong start to the season, setting a franchise record by beginning 7-0-0, the Capitals have gone 5-9-1 since, tying the team for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.