Rumour news to Hunter

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

They may be brothers, but they have no plans to jump to the City of Brotherly Love.

Mark Hunter, general manager of the London Knights, said yesterday that he and his brother Dale are not headed to Philadelphia at the end of this season to become coach and general manager of the National Hockey League Flyers.

"That's the first I've heard of that," Mark Hunter said yesterday.

"I'm surprised. No one has contacted me about any job in the NHL, and as far as I know, no one has contacted Dale. We're just going about our business."

The suggestion that the Hunter brothers were in the Flyers' plans surfaced Sunday in a New Jersey newspaper.

Writer Chuck Gormley wrote Sunday that "recently, rumours have swirled that the Flyers might be considering Dale and Mark Hunter as the club's next coach and general manager."

They would replace interim coach John Stevens and current general manager Paul Holmgren.

Aside from the success the Hunters have shown in building a team from a low point, they also have a close relationship with Flyers president Peter Luukko.

Luukko helped the Hunters put together the deal that enabled them to become main tenants in the John Labatt Centre.

The JLC is managed by Global Spectrum, an arm of Comcast-Spectator of which Luukko is president.

A Flyers spokesperson said yesterday that team officials haven't talked with the Hunters.

"We have had no discussions at all," said Luukko through public relations director Ike Richman.

The Hunters have owned the Knights since 2000. They won the Memorial Cup in 2005, won the Western Conference in 2006 and this year are in first place in the Ontario Hockey League.

Mark Hunter said he hasn't ruled out becoming a general manager in the NHL.

"I don't know how to comment on that. That's never come up," he said. "Right now, I'm just thinking about our team."

This isn't the first time the names of the Hunter brothers have been mentioned for NHL jobs.

Every spring as the OHL regular season winds down, rumours begin to circulate about what NHL teams the Hunters will be headed to following the season.

"The one thing is that it's flattering," Mark Hunter said. "When you hear your names mentioned with things like that, it means that you're doing a good job with your team. That's what we're concentrating on."


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