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Capitals Fire Head Coach Bruce Boudreau

Former Capital Dale Hunter Hired As New Coach

Former Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau rubs his face after the New York Rangers score a goal on his team in February of 2011. The Capitals announced this morning they would fire the coach, who has been with the team for four seasons.
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Former Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau rubs his face after the New York Rangers score a goal on his team in February of 2011. The Capitals announced this morning they would fire the coach, who has been with the team for four seasons.

The Washington Capitals have fired head coach Bruce Boudreau and hired Dale Hunter as the new head coach. This was Boudreau's fifth season with the Caps.

The Capitals hockey team has lost six of its last 10 games, and the organization announced they would fire the current head coach Monday morning, according to NBC Washington

Hunter, 51, is the coach of the London Knights in Canada's Ontario Hockey League, and played in the U.S. National Hockey League for almost two decades. He played for the capitals from 1987 to 1999, serving as captain from the 1994-95 season until the 1998-99 season, NBC reports. 

Hunter holds several Capitals and NHL records, including first all-time in Capitals history for penalty minutes, and the only player in the NHL to have more than 1,000 points and 3,000 penalty minutes.

The Capitals organization is expected to hold a press conference later today.

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