Dale Hunter will be named coach of the Washington Capitals sometime Monday.
Sources say Hunter is on his way or already in Washington to take over for Bruce Boudreau.
Hunter has been coach of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League since 2002. He has led his club to a Memorial Cup win in 2005 and one of the best records in junior hockey over that period of time. His Knights have won at least 49 games in six of his seasons as head coach. The 2005 team was considered one of the greatest junior hockey teams ever.
Hunter has said in the past he would be interested in coaching in the NHL but only if the situation was the right one.
"I'm very happy for him," said Mark Hunter, Dale's brother and general manager of the Knights. "He deserves a shot. Look at his record here."
As an owner of a franchise that is making money and winning, Hunter was in a position of waiting for something he felt comfortable with.
Mark Hunter wouldn't comment on how the situation came about except to say it happened quickly.
The Capitals have struggled this year. On Sunday they were thumped by the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 and the rumours of Boudreau's firing were rampant. Even though the Capitals are 12-9-1 in their division, they've played with a lack of passion and drive this year.
Hunter played 19 years in the National Hockey League with three teams 12 of those season's with the Capitals.
His No. 32 was retired in 2000, along with the penalty box from the old Capital Centre. Hunter is the only NHL player ever to score over 1,000 points and rack up over 3,000 penalty minutes.
Mark Hunter says he will take over coaching the team until the end of the year.
"I'm fine with it," Hunter says who has acted as Dale's assistant for several years.
Hunter coached at various levels of hockey. He was head coach of the Sarnia Sting for five years and coached the St. John's Maple Leafs in the American Hockey League for a year.