WASHINGTON – Amid all of the coverage this week of the Washington Capitals hiring Adam Oates as the 16th head coach in team history, there has been plenty of focus on Oates’ playing career.
Oates spent 19 years in the NHL and ranks sixth all-time in assists and 16th all- time in points. His career accomplishments will be celebrated Nov. 12 when he is officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2012.
When inducted, Oates will likely thank the coaches and teammates who helped him along the way. And when you play for seven teams spread over parts of three decades, chances are good that you played with some talented teammates along the way.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled the All-Adam Oates-Team, a roster made up entirely of Oates’ former teammates. The roster includes 15 forwards, six defensemen, three goalies and two coaches.
Like the NHL’s annual All Star Game, the only criteria for this roster was that all seven of Oates’ former teams had at least one representative.
Among the omissions from this list were two of the game’s best enforcers in Bob Probert and Chris Simon. We’ve also omitted Hall of Fame member Joe Mullen who Oates played briefly with in Boston for part of the 1995-96 season.