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Adam Oates: Undrafted to Hockey Hall of Fame

Nov 12, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

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Adam Oates is a living example of why you shouldn’t give up on your dreams.

There was a time when no NHL team wanted him. By the time his playing career was done, only five NHLers had ever registered more assists than him.

Of course, Oates isn’t done with the NHL. On the same day that he was told that he would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Washington Capitals selected him as their head coach.

So on this night, Oates took the time to thank his former coaches: Mike Renzetti, Ken Gibb, Mike Addesa, and Paul Vincent.

“I want to know that I haven’t forgotten that you helped me,” Oates said, courtesy of the

Oates also thanked Brett Hull, who he spent three amazing seasons with as a member of the St. Louis Blues. With Oates, Hull managed to record back-to-back-to-back 70-plus goal seasons and Oates recorded 248 assists over that span.

“You put me on the map,” Oates said of Hull. “I can’t believe it was only three years because it felt like forever.”

Hull also praised Oates, saying “he’s one of the greatest players to play the game.”


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  1. jernster21 - Nov 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Fantastic, emotional speech!

  2. ludacrish05 - Nov 12, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Lets go caps!!!

  3. holtbeast - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    I like GM GM, regardless of what the haters say. His decision to put replace Bruce with Dale ended in a pretty good playoff run (also thanks to Holtby and lots of painful shot blocks) and Dale’s departure put Adam Oates in the driver’s seat.

    If the lockout would just go ahead and end, that’d be great. I’d love to see an Adam Oates Offense, alliteration aside.

  4. capsrockva - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Please end this gd lockout

  5. soj83 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Congrats to Oates…one of 5 Red Wings (along with Stevie Y, Howe, Coffey and Dionne) and 3 Bruins (Bourque and Coffey) with 1000 assists. awesome company for a guy that was overlooked for a majority of his career.

  6. sigep316 - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Who knows where Hull and Oates would have ended up with goals and assists if they could have stated together. Especially if Blues could’ve kept Stevens also. Hell of a team!

  7. mrchainbluelightning - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Still remember the bitterness reading that Oates was traded for Bernie Federko. Just a horrid trade by the Wings.

    • danphipps01 - Nov 14, 2012 at 4:50 AM

      You mean like every trade where Adam Oates was one of the players departing?

      Because seriously, everyone who traded that guy was a sodding bloody idiot.

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