Hunter, who joined the team as coach in November from the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights, “wanted to return to his family” in Ontario, Capitals spokesman Sergey Kocharov said in an e-mail.
Hunter’s move “wasn’t unexpected,” Capitals General Manager George McPhee told the Washington Post.
Hunter, who played for the Capitals from 1987 to 1999, guided the team to a 37-23-7 record after replacing the fired Bruce Boudreau. The team upset the Boston Bruins, last season’s Stanley Cup champions, in the first round of the playoffs before losing to New York.
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