Adam Oates

Ice Hockey Player
Born Aug 27, 1962

Adam Oates is a retired professional ice hockey player and is currently the head coach of National Hockey League's Washington Capitals.

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    Fox News - Jan 22, 2014
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    San Francisco Chronicle - Nov 09, 2013
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    San Francisco Chronicle - Oct 12, 2013
  • Capitals Coach Adam Oates 'upset' By Tomas Hertl Goal
    USA Today - Oct 10, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Adam Oates.


1962 Birth Oates was born August 27, 1962, in Weston, a neighborhood in Toronto, Ontario. … Read More


1980 17 Years Old He scored 89 points in 43 games during 1980–81, and 159 points – including 105 assists – in 1981–82. … Read More
1982 19 Years Old 1 More Event
RPI's assistant coach Paul Allen noticed Oates during a 1982 OPJAHL game while scouting a different player and offered him a position on the school's team. … Read More


1983 20 Years Old In 1983–84, he set school records in points with 83 and assists with 57. … Read More
1984 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984–85, Oates broke his own school records by recording 60 assists and 91 points. … Read More
…  He was named a tournament all-star in helping RPI win the 1985 national championship, and in 1990–91, the NHL included him in its Second All-Star Team; he played in five All-Star Games. … Read More
1986 - 1988 2 More Events
1989 26 Years Old 1 More Event
However, Detroit made changes following a first round loss in the playoffs; Oates, along with Paul MacLean, was traded to the St. Louis Blues on June 15, 1989, in exchange for veterans Bernie Federko and Tony McKegney. … Read More
1990 27 Years Old He improved to 115 in 1990–91 NHL season. … Read More
1991 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Oates was named to the second all-star team following the season and played in the 1991 All-Star Game.
1992 29 Years Old Oates' best individual season came in his first full year in Boston. He led the league with 97 assists in 1992–93 and finished third in overall scoring with 142 points.


1993 30 Years Old At the 1993 All-Star Game, Oates set a record by recording four assists in one period as part of a 16–6 victory for the Wales Conference.
1994 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Oates played in his fourth consecutive All-Star Game in 1994 and again finished third in league scoring with 112 points in 1993–94. … Read More
1996 33 Years Old With the Bruins struggling on the ice and out of playoff contention late in 1996–97 season, Oates publicly berated team management: "You go on a road trip and everyone says it's a big trip. … Read More
Less than two weeks after his tirade, on March 1, 1997, the Bruins dealt him to the Washington Capitals. … Read More
1998 35 Years Old His parents are David and Loretta, and he has two sisters: Michelle and Laurel. Oates was once engaged to model and actress Darlene Vogel, however the couple cancelled their planned 1998 marriage at the last moment. … Read More
1999 36 Years Old 1 More Event
The Capitals named Oates the ninth captain in franchise history prior to the 1999–2000 season, following the departure of his predecessor, Dale Hunter.


2003 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Anaheim reached the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals, where in the third game of the series against the New Jersey Devils, Oates assisted on Ruslan Salei's overtime winning goal. … Read More
2009 46 Years Old The Tampa Bay Lightning hired Oates as an assistant coach in the 2009–10 season where he worked with the team's offense. … Read More
2010 47 Years Old 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. … Read More
The same day that he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, June 26, 2012, Oates returned to Washington, where he was named the 16th head coach in franchise history, succeeding Dale Hunter who had decided not to renew his contract. … Read More


2014 51 Years Old On December 27, 2014, 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. … Read More
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