Jun 26, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT
Confirming earlier reports, the Washington Capitals have announced Adam Oates is their new head coach.
“Adam was a highly intelligent player in the NHL for 19 seasons,” said Caps GM George McPhee in a release. “He has been an assistant coach in our conference for the past three seasons and is prepared to lead our club as head coach.”
We assume there will be an introductory press conference, at which point reporters can ask Oates about his hockey philosophy. For example, does he plan to let Alex Ovechkin off his leash?
Oates was an offensive machine during his NHL career and served as set-up man for Brett Hull, one of the greatest goal-scorers of all time.
Of course, Oates he was also an assistant coach in New Jersey under Jacques Lemaire, one of the greatest defensive minds of all time.
- Letang concussed, Penguins will dress five defensemen 14
- NHL on NBCSN: Sharks desperate for wins, Penguins seek definitive end to slump 4
- Video: Bolts lose Garrison, Paquette in loss to Wings 4
- Bruins ruin Lundqvist’s return 28
- Video: Letang hospitalized after Doan hit (Update) 48
- Bruins chalk Rask’s absence up to dehydration (Update) 4
- Happy returns: Datsyuk plays for Detroit 2
- Gearing up: Malkin, Hornqvist return for Pens 0
- Five big games to watch this weekend 8
- Video: Kessel, Booth get into altercation at Leafs practice 34
- Dreger: ‘In Kessel’s case, I firmly believe he’s going to be traded’ (73)
- Coyotes ‘win’ against Sabres in OT (58)
- Red Wings beat Blues in OT, but should winning goal count? (56)
- Tank-worthy? Connor McDavid finishes OHL season with 120 points in 47 games (56)
- Minnesota leapfrogs Chicago in the Central Division (55)