London Knights head coach Dale Hunter joined Brian Kilrea and Bert Templeton as just the third head coach in OHL history to reach the 700 career win mark on Saturday.
St. Louis Blues prospect and Knights captain Robert Thomas scored on a give-and-go with 33 seconds left in overtime as London defeated visiting North Bay 3-2 to improve to 13-12-2-0 on the season.
The winningest active coach in the league, Hunter reaches the 700 regular season wins plateau in his 1,055th game behind the bench during a career spent entirely with London. He holds an all-time OHL coaching record of 700-281-17-57 with a winning percentage of .699, the highest of any coach in league history with over 200 wins.
Hunter began his tenure in London during the 2001-02 season and has achieved great things with the Knights, becoming the fastest coach in OHL history to win 500 games on March 16, 2013.
He also joined Kilrea, Templeton, Larry Mavety, George Burnett (Guelph Storm), and Stan Butler (North Bay Battalion) as the sixth coach in OHL history to reach the 1000-game milestone last season on January 14th, 2017.
The former 19-year NHL veteran has been a three-time OHL Coach of the Year (2004, 2005, 2010), three-time OHL champion (2005, 2013, 2016) and two-time Mastercard Memorial Cup champion (2005, 2016). Hunter has also led the Knights to four Western Conference Championships (2005, 2006, 2013, 2016), seven Midwest Division titles (2004-07, 2009, 2010, 2013) and five Hamilton Spectator Trophies (2004-07, 2013), awarded to the club with the most points in the regular season.
In addition to his impressive OHL track record, Hunter spent part of the 2011-12 season as head coach of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and coached Canada’s Under-18 team to a gold medal at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Throughout his time in London, Hunter has aided in the development of eventual NHL standouts in Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks), Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Mitch Marner (London Knights) and Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary Flames) among several others.