43 Facts About Adam Oates


Adam Robert Oates was born on August 27,1962 and is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, former co-head coach for the New Jersey Devils and former head coach for the Washington Capitals.

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Adam Oates played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, St Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Edmonton Oilers.

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In 2017, Adam Oates was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history.

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Adam Oates set single-season school records for assists and points and was named an Eastern College Athletic Conference all-star and National Collegiate Athletic Association All-American in both 1984 and 1985.

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Adam Oates holds the record for most points all-time of any NHL player who played NCAA Hockey.

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Adam Oates was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 12,2012.

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Adam Oates was born on August 27,1962 in Weston, a neighborhood in Toronto.

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Adam Oates played in the 1975 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Toronto.

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Adam Oates played five seasons with the Etobicoke Eclipse of the Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior A Lacrosse League.

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Adam Oates played one season of Senior A with the Brampton Excelsiors of Major Series Lacrosse but left the game in 1984 to focus on his hockey career.

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Adam Oates dropped out of high school to focus on hockey and ended up working as a gas station attendant at age 19.

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Adam Oates played two full seasons and parts of a third with the Junior A Markham Waxers of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League.

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Adam Oates went unselected in the NHL Entry Draft as scouts considered him too slow to play in the NHL.

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Adam Oates returned to high school to complete his diploma when he was recruited to play for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Consequently, Adam Oates played three seasons with the RPI Engineers, leading the team in assists each year.

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Adam Oates was named to the East Coast Athletic Conference second all-star team and became the first RPI hockey player to earn a berth on the National Collegiate Athletic Association All-American team since 1965.

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Adam Oates was voted to the ECAC's all-decade team of the 1980s.

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Adam Oates was inducted into RPI's Athletics Hall of Fame, and was named the inaugural member of the hockey team's Ring of Honor in 2004.

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NHL teams took interest in Adam Oates following his junior season; at least five teams attempted to sign him.

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Adam Oates made his NHL debut on October 10,1985, against the Minnesota North Stars, scoring his first goal that night on goaltender Don Beaupre and added an assist.

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Adam Oates helped Hull score 72 and 86 goals those seasons, the latter the third highest in single-season total in NHL history.

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Adam Oates was named to the second all-star team following the season and played in the 1991 All-Star Game.

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Adam Oates initially refused to report to Washington, demanding his contract be renegotiated, but chose to join the team after a four-day holdout.

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Adam Oates continued to demand a new contract in the off-season, while his agent claimed Oates would retire before playing for the Capitals again.

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Adam Oates became the 47th player in NHL history, and the 15th fastest, to score his 1,000th career point on October 7,1997, against the New York Islanders.

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Adam Oates reached the milestone by scoring a hat-trick and adding two assists for the sixth five-point game of his career.

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Adam Oates led the team in scoring with 71 points and played his 1,000th NHL game on December 22,1999, against the Vancouver Canucks.

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Adam Oates scored 45 points in 67 games with the Mighty Ducks, and added 13 points in 21 playoff games.

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Adam Oates appeared in 60 games in Edmonton, scoring 2 goals and 16 assists.

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Adam Oates announced his retirement as a player immediately after the game.

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Adam Oates is the only player in NHL history to centre three 50-goal scorers, helping Brett Hull, Cam Neely and Peter Bondra reach the mark.

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Adam Oates's teammates praised his consistency, noting Oates continued to score points at an elite level when he did not have star players as linemates.

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Adam Oates was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of its 2012 class.

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Adam Oates then joined the New Jersey Devils in 2010, where he served an additional two years as an assistant coach, helping the team reach the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, which they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in six games.

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Adam Oates has the resume behind him as a player and having the success he had – all the credentials are there for having the kind of respect players have for him.

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Adam Oates' players praised his positive outlook and willingness to work closely with them as a primary reasons why the team was able to turn its season around.

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On December 27,2014, Adam Oates was hired by the New Jersey Devils to become what the team referred to as a "co-head coach" following the team's firing of head coach Peter DeBoer.

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Adam Oates split coaching duties with former Devils captain Scott Stevens, with each coach responsible for a specific group of players; Adam Oates was responsible for the forwards while Stevens was responsible for the defensemen.

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Adam Oates earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the school in 1991.

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Adam Oates is a co-founder of sporting apparel retailer Old Time Hockey, a company that donates a portion of all sales to the NHL emergency assistance fund.

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Adam Oates operated a men's boutique on 69th and 3rd in New York City for a few years, which he discussed when profiled by Harry Rosen.

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Adam Oates's parents are David and Loretta, and he has two sisters: Michelle and Laurel.

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Adam Oates was once engaged to model and actress Darlene Vogel, however the couple cancelled their planned 1998 marriage at the last moment.

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