Adam Oates is having one of those weeks you dream about as child. The Washington Capitals named Oates as their new head coach Tuesday and hours later he found out he is one of four members of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2012. That doesn’t happen very often.
During his 19 year playing career Oates played for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers. He appeared in 1,337 games and recorded 1,420 points. He ranks 25th in NHL history in playoff points, collecting 156 points (42 goals, 114 assists) in 163 career playoff games.
Oates is the sixth player in Capitals history to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He will join Mike Gartner, Rod Langway, Larry Murphy, Scott Stevens and Dino Cicarrelli. He ranks 18th in scoring and 10th in assists among all players in Capitals history. He also served as the teams captain from 1999 to 2001.
The Good in Sports congratulates Adam Oates on his special and well deserved day. We wish him the best of luck in his new coaching position.
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