Adam Oates ( born August 27, 1962 in Weston, Ontario, Canada ) is a former ice hockey player and current coach, who from 1985 to 2003 as a center for the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Edmonton Oilers played in the National Hockey League. Since June 2012, he is head coach of the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League.
In November 2012, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Adam Oates played during his youth for the Titans Port Credit and Markham Waxers. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he studied and played hockey. 1984 and 1985 he won the ice hockey team the championship of the ECAC. In the summer of 1985 he signed a contract with the Detroit Red Wings for a term of four years, for which he won a million dollars. This was then a record for a rookie. In the 1985/86 season he also played for the Adirondack Red Wings farm team in the American Hockey League. Oates was there instantly one of the regulars and won the end of season with the team to the Calder Cup after a victory in the final series against the Hershey Bears. From the following season played Oates only in the National Hockey League. With the Red Wings, he managed a place in the Conference Finals but lost to the Edmonton Oilers. In Detroit, he was considered one of the best players in the NHL who were never drafted. There he played in the second row as the center behind captain Steve Yzerman.
On 15 June 1989 he was transferred to a trade to the St. Louis Blues. In St. Louis Oates managed two seasons in a row over 100 points to achieve. There he played together with Brett Hull. In the 1990/91 season he scored 90 assists and was second only to Wayne Gretzky. In February 1992 he gave the Blues from the Boston Bruins. In Boston he formed a series with Cam Neely and Joe Juneau. There Oates had in the 1992/93 season his personal best season with 45 goals, 97 assists and 142 points during the regular season. When the number of assists he was ranked one of the NHL and the number of points in third place behind top scorer Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pat LaFontaine of the Buffalo Sabres. A season later, he scored over 100 points again, but later Oates no longer surpassed this mark.
On 1 March 1997 he was transferred to the Washington Capitals. There he played with Peter Bondra and Jaromir Jagr. Five years later he went to the Philadelphia Flyers, but he left after a few games again and on 1 July 2002 signed a contract with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. In the 2002/03 season he was with the Ducks in the finals for the Stanley Cup, losing just seven games against the New Jersey Devils. The next season he played in 60 games for the Edmonton Oilers and scored 18 points. On April 3, 2004, he officially ended his career.
In 1,337 regular season games, he scored a total of 1,420 points ( 341 goals, 1,079 assists); in the playoffs, he scored 42 goals and 114 assists in 163 games. Oates was a game strong playmaker and strong bully players. He is considered one of the best playmakers who have ever entered the ice. With 1,420 points, he is the all-time scorers list on 16th Place After templates he is in sixth place with 1,079.
In the 2009/10 season he was an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning. On 29 June 2010 Oates got the job as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils. This position had the Canadians held in the following two seasons before he was hired by the Washington Capitals as head coach in June 2012.
Before and during his studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Oates played alongside Hockey Lacrosse also in Ontario 's youth leagues. He played for the team Etobicoke Eclipse and in 1981 was top scorer in the league. 1981, 1982 and 1983, he was elected MVP of the league. Oates holds the league record for most assists (19) and points (29 ) in a game.
On November 12, 2012 Adam Oates was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Awards and achievements
( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )