Warriors’ Hunter returns to Canadian National Junior Team
Moose Jaw Warriors Head Coach Tim Hunter has been named an Assistant Coach for Team Canada for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.
Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Policy Committee, comprised of Hockey Canada Board chairman Joe Drago (Sudbury, Ont.), Hockey Canada president and chief executive officer Tom Renney, Hockey Canada chief operating officer Scott Smith, OHL commissioner and CHL president David Branch, QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau and WHL commissioner Ron Robison, has announced that the entire coaching staff of Canada’s 2016-17 National Junior Team has been retained for the 2017-18 season, including the World Junior Championship. Joël Bouchard (Montreal/Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL) will also continue as the Program of Excellence management group lead for Canada’s National Junior Team next season. Bouchard and Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams, confirmed that Dominique Ducharme (Joliette, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) would be reprising his role behind the bench as head coach.
Ducharme is returning to Canada’s National Junior Team coaching staff for the third consecutive year, having acted as assistant coach in 2015-16 and head coach in 2016-17. Rounding out the coaching staff are returning assistant coaches, Tim Hunter (Calgary/Moose Jaw, WHL) and Kris Knoblauch (Regina/Erie, OHL).
Hunter is in his third season as Head Coach of the Warriors and entering this week the Warriors sat second in the East Division with a record of 41-17-7-1 and have clinched a berth in the 2017 WHL Playoffs. This season the Warriors won 40+ games for the fifth time in franchise history and their 20 road wins this season is a new single season franchise record.
This will be Hunter’s second time on the bench for Canada at the World Juniors, he captured a silver medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. This will be the third time that Hunter will be on the bench for Hockey Canada, in 2015 he was the Head Coach of Canada’s Under-18 team that captured a bronze medal at the IIHF World Under-18 Championships in Switzerland.
Hunter’s coaching career began in the NHL as an Assistant Coach with the Washington Capitals from 1997 to 2002. In December 2002 he joined the San Jose Sharks as their Assistant Coach and remained with the organization until 2008. He then joined the Toronto Maple Leafs as their Assistant Coach from 2008 to 2011. Hunter spent the 2011-2012 season as the Head Coach at the Okanagan Hockey Academy. In 2012-2013 he returned to the National Hockey League with the Washington Capitals as an Assistant Coach.
As an Assistant Coach in the NHL, Hunter has been on the bench for 1089 games, 526 of them wins. He has been on coaching staffs that have captured three Southeast Division Championships, two Pacific Division Championships, and he has one appearance as an Assistant Coach in the Stanley Cup Final.
He played professionally for 18 years, he suited up in 815 games in the NHL, scoring 62 goals and finishing with 138 points and 3146 penalty minutes. He had five goals, 12 points, and 426 penalty minutes in 132 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
He spent 14 years in the Calgary Flames organization winning two President Trophies, two Smyth Division Championships, two Campbell Conference Championships, and he appeared in two Stanley Cup Finals. He was one of three Co-Captains of the Calgary Flames 1989 Stanley Cup Championship team.
After spending eleven years playing for the Flames, Hunter’s career continued with the Quebec Nordiques, Vancouver Canucks, and San Jose Sharks. While with the Canucks, he helped the team to a Smyth Division Championship, Campbell Conference Championship, and a berth in the 1994 Stanley Cup Final.