Tim Hunter Hired As Head Coach
Moose Jaw Warriors General Manager Alan Millar has announced the hiring of Tim Hunter as the teams new Head Coach.
“On behalf of our Board of Directors, Management, staff, and players, I am very pleased to welcome Tim and his family to the Moose Jaw community and the Warriors,” said Warriors General Manager Alan Millar.
“Tim brings tremendous experience to our team both as a very successful player and coach. His character, work ethic, and passion for development and teaching made him the ideal candidate for this position. I am excited to have Tim leading our players in what we anticipate to be a bright future for our hockey club,” Millar added.
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.
He has spent the last ten months living in Calgary doing work for the Calgary Flames and the Flames Alumni. He was the Head Coach for Team Orr at the 2014 CHL/BMO Top Prospects Game, which featured current Moose Jaw Warrior Brayden Point.
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.
Hunter is from Calgary, he played with the Kamloops Chiefs in the BCJHL and Seattle Breakers in the WCHL in 1977-1978. He played for the Breakers in the WHL from 1978 to 1980, in 142 games he had 22 goals, 116 points, and 611 penalty minutes.
He was drafted by the Atlanta Flames in the third round, 54th overall, in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. 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.
Throughout his career Hunter has worked tirelessly in the communities he played in. He was nominated twice for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. He was nominated twice for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is the award given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. He won the Calgary Flames Ralph T. Scurfield Award as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, determination, and leadership on the ice combined with dedication to community service.
He had the honour of serving as the Canadian Down Syndrome Society Celebrity Spokesperson, the Celebrity Chairman for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Celebrity Spokesperson for the 65 Roses Sports Club.