Former Washington Capitals coach Dale Hunter told the media that he made the decision to resign as the club's head coach after a night's sleep and discussions with his family.
Hunter informed Capitals General Manager George McPhee of his decision to step down Monday morning, less than 48 hours after the Capitals lost to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
"It was a tough decision," Hunter said. "But it was the right one for me and my family ... I want to go back to the farm, the team [the OHL's London Knights], and the family."
The Knights are scheduled to begin round-robin play in the four-team Memorial Cup Friday night in Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada.
During his 74 games as Washington's head coach, the Capitals became known as a defense-first team that relied on strong goaltending, physical defensive play, and self-sacrifice in making the playoffs.
"I'm proud of these guys for sacrificing and doing what it takes to win," said Hunter. "We came up a goal short [against the Rangers], but not for a lack of effort."
Hunter also appeared to slam the door on the possibility of a return to NHL coaching, saying simply, "I'm going home."
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