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by Paul on 02/16/12 at 12:11 AM ET
from Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press,
This, Dick Hunter admits, has been one of the more unforgettable winters.
“Of all the years we’ve farmed, I’ve never seen anything like it,” the patriarch of the puck-chasing Hunter hockey clan said from his house right off the 80 highway out near Petrolia. “We hardly had any snow. Saturday was pretty crazy around here but that’s about it. We plant the winter wheat and the snow usually covers it like a blanket.
“Now, you just don’t know how it’s going to turn out.
“It’s gambling here. You don’t have to go to Vegas.”
It might’ve been worth a Sin City side trip to check odds on one of Dick Hunter’s sons—Dale—leaving the London Knights in midseason to try to straighten out the Washington Capitals while younger brother Mark takes over the No. 1 team in the Canadian Hockey League and has managed to keep them there.
“It’s been exciting,” said Dick Hunter, who turned 76 last week. “I’m not surprised at all (by Dale landing in Washington). He was waiting. Him and (Caps GM) George McPhee are good friends.
“If it was anywhere else, I don’t know.”
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