Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dale Hunter
The Quebec Nordiques selected Dale Hunter in the 2nd round, 41st overall, in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. A native of Petrolia, Ontario, Hunter played three seasons of junior hockey in the OHA with the Kitchener Rangers and the Sudbury Wolves. In his draft year, Hunter scored 42 goals and 110 points in 59 games for the Wolves while spending 188 minutes in the penalty box. That feistiness would be one of the traits that made him on of the most popular players in Nordiques' history.

In 1980-81, Hunter played in all 80 games for the Nords and scored 19 goals and 63 points while amassing 226 minutes in penalties. Hunter roved to be extremely resilient and reliable, missing just three games in his first six years with the club. His best offensive season was in 1983-84, when he scored 79 points in 77 games. During those years in Quebec, Hunter may best be remembered for fuelling an ongoing intense rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens. In 1987, Hunter missed 34 games of the season after breaking his leg. It was the first time he had ever missed any games due to injury.

In 1987-88, Hunter joined the Washington Capitals where he played for 12 seasons. The pinnacle of his career in Washington was in 1998 when the team advanced to the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the defending champion Detroit Red Wings.

In a last-ditch effort to win a championship, the Capitals sent Hunter to the Colorado Avalanche for the 1999 playoff drive, but the team came up short, losing to the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference finals. Hunter retired at the age of 39, having played 19 years in the NHL. He played in 1,407 games, scoring 323 goals, 697 assists and 1,020 points while spending 3,565 minutes in the penalty box.

After retiring from the game, Hunter became co-owner, president and head coach of the OHL's London Knights. His club captured a Memorial Cup in 2005 and produced a number of future NHL stars.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Strathroy Blades ON-Jr.B 42 25 30 55
1977-78 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 68 22 42 64 115 9 1 0 1 32
1978-79 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 59 42 68 110 188 10 4 12 16 47
1979-80 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 61 34 51 85 189 9 6 9 15 45
1980-81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 19 44 63 226 +5 5 4 2 6 34
1981-82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 22 50 72 272 +26 16 3 7 10 52
1982-83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 17 46 63 206 +10 4 2 1 3 24
1983-84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 77 24 55 79 232 +35 9 2 3 5 41
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 20 52 72 209 +23 17 4 6 10 97
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 28 42 70 265 +6 3 0 0 0 15
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 46 10 29 39 135 +4 13 1 7 8 56
1987-88 Washington Capitals NHL 79 22 37 59 240 +7 14 7 5 12 98
1988-89 Washington Capitals NHL 80 20 37 57 219 -3 6 0 4 4 29
1989-90 Washington Capitals Fr-Tour 4 1 2 3 4
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 80 23 39 62 233 +17 15 4 8 12 61
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 76 16 30 46 234 -22 11 1 9 10 41
1991-92 Washington Capitals NHL 80 28 50 78 205 -2 7 1 4 5 16
1992-93 Washington Capitals NHL 84 20 59 79 198 +3 6 7 1 8 35
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 52 9 29 38 131 -4 7 0 3 3 14
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 45 8 15 23 101 -4 7 4 4 8 24
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 82 13 24 37 112 +5 6 1 5 6 24
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 82 14 32 46 125 -2
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 82 8 18 26 103 +1 21 0 4 4 30
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 50 0 5 5 102 -7
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 2 4 6 17 0 19 1 3 4 38
NHL Totals 1407 323 697 1020 3565 186 42 76 118 729


Brother of Dave and Mark Played in NHL All-Star Game (1997) Traded to Washington by Quebec with Clint Malarchuk for Gaetan Duchesne, Alan Haworth and Washington's 1st round choice (Joe Sakic) in 1987 Entry Draft, June 13, 1987. Traded to Colorado by Washington with Washington's 3rd round choice (Sergei Kliazmine) in 2000 Entry Draft for Vancouver's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Washington selected Charlie Stephens) in 1999 Entry Draft, March 23, 1999.