Adam Oates
Canadian ice hockey player
Adam Oates
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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Ovechkin out vs. Ottawa with lower-body injury
Fox News - about 3 years
Washington, DC ( - Washington Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin, who is the NHL's leading goal scorer, will miss Tuesday's game against the Ottawa Senators with a lower-body injury.Ovechkin "got a little banged up" in Washington's 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday, coach Adam Oates said
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Sharks take their troubles on the road
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Winless in four straight and about to embark on a five-game trip that is the longest of the season and concludes against the Stanley Cup champs, the Sharks have hit their first rough patch of ice this season. The Sharks struggled the rest of the shortened season to finish seventh in the West and reach the playoffs for the ninth straight time. San Jose has gotten away from dictating how the game is played, falling into a trap of feeling its way into a contest instead of breathing fire out of the gate as it did at the outset of the season. [...] coach Todd McLellan has a different take, saying that because the Sharks have not had a busy schedule, Niemi is struggling with not enough work. [...] Dan Boyle is trying to shake off the rust after his return from injury, and his usual defense partner, Matt Irwin, needs to find a way out of the doghouse after being a healthy scratch for three straight games. Speaking of oldies but goodies, original Shark Ray Whitney of Dallas became the thi ...
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Hertl quickly rewards Sharks' faith in his ability
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
In defense of scouts judging and projecting how 17- and 18-year-olds will eventually fit into the NHL, it's an inexact science that is less predictable than assessing talent for football, basketball and even baseball when it involves the selection of college-age ballplayers. The knock on Hertl, which not everyone bought, was a supposed lack of breakaway skating ability and the projection that he wouldn't be a fast skater in the NHL. [...] Hertl was listed as the fifth best European prospect by the league's central scouting bureau. Yakupov (17 goals, 31 points) finished fifth in Calder Trophy voting for the league's top rookie while Galchenyuk (nine goals, 27 points) was ninth. In regard to negative comments Thursday by Capitals coach Adam Oates about Hertl's trick-shot fourth goal in the third period of Tuesday's 9-2 rout of the Rangers, Sharks coach Todd McLellan said: I can't believe there would be any negative reaction. The Sharks, who have focused on improving even-strength sc ...
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Capitals coach Adam Oates 'upset' by Tomas Hertl goal
USA Today - over 3 years
Adam Oates to Hertl: 'Don't disrespect the league.'
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Capitals overcome 3-goal deficit to top Flames 5-4 in shootout
Fox News - over 3 years
Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates wants his team to focus less on power plays and more on even-strength situations.
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Blackhawks Beat Capitals 6-4: Chicago Scores 3 In 3rd To Win Season Opener (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CHICAGO -- CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks watched as their championship banner rose to the rafters at the United Center. They took another look at the Stanley Cup, and soaked in the applause from the sellout crowd. Then Johnny Oduya and Co. went out and reminded the rest of the NHL how they won that title. Oduya, Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa scored in the third period, and the Blackhawks kicked off their title defense with a 6-4 victory over Mikhail Grabovsky and the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. STORY CONTINUES BELOW SLIDESHOW "We wanted a good start. I think we got that," Oduya said. "Maybe in the second we came down a little bit, the win is the key thing to that, and to keep building on that. There's a lot of games this year, so we've got to stay strong and get better." Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Brandon Bollig also scored for Chicago, which won its first game for the second straight season. Corey Crawford made 28 saves, including a couple of huge stop ...
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Oates didn't need 'hard sell' to convince Grabovski to sign with Capitals
Yahoo News - over 3 years
When Adam Oates met with Mikhail Grabovski, the Washington Capitals coach turned into a hassle-free salesman.
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Young Hockey Star RETIRES
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Ilya Kovalchuk considered staying in Russia when the NHL lockout ended in January. Ultimately he returned to play the 2013 season with the New Jersey Devils. But on Thursday, Kovalchuk made official what the Devils knew was a possibility since then. The Devils announced that Kovalchuk was returning home and retiring from the NHL. The final 12 years and US$77 million of his contract were voided, and Kovalchuk is free to play in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. "Though I decided to return this past season, (general manager Lou Lamoriello) was aware of my desire to go back home and have my family there with me," the 30-year-old said in a statement. "The most difficult thing for me is to leave the New Jersey Devils, a great organization that I have a lot of respect for, and our fans that have been great to me." It was a move that stunned the hockey world, but not Lamoriello, who insisted nothing in the game surprises him, including Kovalchuk's abrupt departure. "This wasn' ...
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National Hockey League Game Capsules
Fox News - about 4 years
Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season and it proved to be the game-winner as Washington finally got into the win column with a 3-2 victory over Buffalo on Sunday. Joel Ward had a goal and an assist, while John Erskine also lit the lamp for the Capitals, who got their first win of the season in five games and the first win for head coach Adam Oates. Michal Neuvirth turned aside 22 shots. Washington avoided losing five games to start the season for the first time since going 0-6-0 to begin the 1993-94 campaign. Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno each lit the lamp for the Sabres, who have dropped three straight after opening the campaign with two wins. Ryan Miller gave up all three goals on 30 shots in the loss.
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Capitals start season 0-2 for 1st time since 1996 after 4-2 loss to Jets in home opener
Fox News - about 4 years
Two games, two losses for Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals and first-time NHL head coach Adam Oates.
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Ovechkin, Capitals need to make quick adjustment to new coach Adam Oates during cramped season
Fox News - about 4 years
When the NHL lost an entire season to a labor dispute nearly a decade ago, the Washington Capitals were spared many months of on-ice misery.
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Washington Capitals adjusting to new coach Adam Oates
Fox News - about 4 years
The Washington Capitals are back on the ice and adjusting to new coach Adam Oates virtually on the fly.
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Oates attains his due - Boston Herald
Google News - over 4 years
Globe and Mail Oates attains his due Boston Herald Where the Bruins [team stats] are concerned, there have been two longstanding oversights for the Hockey Hall of Fame, two players whose unique talents at both ends of the ice made them clearly deserving of enshrinement: Rick Middleton and Adam Oates. NHL lockout looms over 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonyYahoo! Sports Hall of Fame New HHOF member Sakic lived up to the Oates Tackles Learning Curve in AHLNew York Times Washington Post -ESPN all 744 news articles »
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Sundin, Sakic, Oates, Bure enter Hockey Hall of Fame - USA TODAY
Google News - over 4 years
Globe and Mail Sundin, Sakic, Oates, Bure enter Hockey Hall of Fame USA TODAY 2012-11-12-hall-of-fame. Adam Oates shows off his Hall of Fame ring during Monday's festivities. (Photo: AP). Story Highlights. Four newest members receive their rings on Monday; Formal induction ceremony is Monday evening; Broadcaster Rick Jeanneret, ... Trade to Toronto jump-started Sundin to Spotlight shines on Hall of Fame, as lockout drags onReuters Jaromir Jagr leads active HOF locksESPN New York Times -Toronto Sun all 411 news articles »
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Ex-Captain Adam Oates Hired as Capitals Coach
NYTimes - over 4 years
Once again, a Washington Capitals leadership baton is passed from Dale Hunter to Adam Oates.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Adam Oates
  • 2014
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Oates split coaching duties with former Devils captain Scott Stevens, with each coach responsible for a specific group of players; Oates was responsible for the forwards while Stevens was responsible for the defensemen. Oates and Stevens were assisted by team general manager Lou Lamoriello, who had served as the team's interim head coach previously. On June 1, 2015, John Hynes was named the new full-time head coach. Although Oates left RPI after three years to begin his professional hockey career, he continued his studies during the off-seasons. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the school in 1991. While a member of the Bruins, Oates also worked for a brief time with the investment firm Boston Capital Partners. He 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.
  • 2012
    Age 49
    When the NHL resumed for an abbreviated 2012–13 season, Oates and the Capitals struggled initially and won only two of their first 11 games.
    More Details Hide Details The team improved throughout the season, however, and went from last place in the Southeast Division to first; they won 15 of their final 19 games to win the division title. 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. The Capitals were defeated in the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, however, losing to the New York Rangers in seven games. The Capitals struggled throughout the 2013–14 season and faced increasing discontent from the fans as the team had failed to advance far into the playoffs in 16 years. The team finished with a 38–30–14 record, but finished ninth in the Eastern Conference and missed the playoffs. As a consequence, the Capitals opted to dismiss both Oates as head coach and the team's general manager, George McPhee.
    While the 2012–13 NHL lockout delayed Oates' debut with the Capitals, he acted as co-coach with Mark French for Washington's AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Oates' former teammates praised his appointment as head coach, calling him a "detail-oriented players' coach" with excellent communication skills.
  • 2010
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details New Jersey's General Manager, Lou Lamoriello, praised Oates' work with the team: "He did an outstanding job for us. I wish him well. He's very communicative, very intelligent, he explains things very well. He 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."
  • 2009
    Age 46
    The Tampa Bay Lightning hired Oates as an assistant coach in the 2009–10 season where he worked with the team's offense.
    More Details Hide Details Under his guidance, the team's power play finished ninth in the league and he was credited with playing a significant role in Steven Stamkos's offensive development.
  • 2003
    Age 40
    He remained unsigned six weeks into the 2003–04 season, until he agreed to a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on November 17, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in 60 games in Edmonton, scoring 2 goals and 16 assists. The Oilers were eliminated from playoff contention in their final game of the season with a 5–2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on April 4, 2004. Oates announced his retirement as a player immediately after the game. Oates was one of the NHL's great playmakers, a style that he credits his father as encouraging: "It was just kind of our family talks: 'If you can be unselfish, your teammates will always like you.' And it just kind of became my role, where I was obviously trying to please my dad, growing up and becoming a playmaker out of that." Oates' father, a British immigrant, idolized Stanley Matthews, considered one of the greatest soccer players of all time and hoped that his son would adopt a pass-first mentality similar to Matthews.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was Oates' ninth career playoff overtime point, tying him with Joe Sakic and Doug Gilmour for the NHL all-time lead. The Ducks ultimately lost the series in seven games. The Mighty Ducks declined their option on the 41-year-old Oates' contract, again making him a free agent.
  • 2002
    Age 39
    The Flyers chose not to offer Oates a new contract following the loss, making him an unrestricted free agent. He signed a $3.5 million contract for the 2002–03 season, with an option for 2003–04, with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on July 1, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He scored 45 points in 67 games with the Mighty Ducks, and added 13 points in 21 playoff games.
  • 2001
    Age 38
    With Washington out of playoff contention late in the 2001–02 season and with his contract expiring following the season, the Capitals dealt Oates to the Philadelphia Flyers on March 19, 2002, in exchange for goaltender Maxime Ouellet and the Flyers' first, second and third round selections in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
    More Details Hide Details The Flyers hoped that bringing Oates in would solidify their playoff chances. The move did not work, as the Flyers were defeated in the first round by the lower ranked Ottawa Senators, losing the series in five games. The team scored only one goal in regulation time and were shut out three times by Ottawa's Patrick Lalime.
  • 2000
    Age 37
    He led the league in assists the following two seasons, at the ages of 38 and 39, with 69 in 2000–01 and 64 in 2001–02.
    More Details Hide Details On January 14, 2002, Oates became the eighth player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career assists when he set up Dainus Zubrus' overtime winning goal in a 1–0 victory over the Boston Bruins.
  • 1999
    Age 36
    He 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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    The Capitals named Oates the ninth captain in franchise history prior to the 1999–2000 season, following the departure of his predecessor, Dale Hunter.
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  • 1998
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Oates and his wife, Donna, spend their summers in California.
  • 1997
    Age 34
    He finished the 1997–98 season as the team leader with 56 assists, and second to Peter Bondra in team scoring with 78 points.
    More Details Hide Details The Capitals reached the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals, which they lost to the Detroit Red Wings, the only finals appearance in franchise history.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He reached the milestone by scoring a hat trick and adding two assists for the sixth five-point game of his career.
    Less than two weeks after his tirade, on March 1, 1997, the Bruins dealt him to the Washington Capitals.
    More Details Hide Details In the trade, Oates, Bill Ranford and Rick Tocchet went to Washington in exchange for Jim Carey, Anson Carter, Jason Allison and a draft pick. Oates initially refused to report to Washington, demanding that his contract be renegotiated, but chose to join the team after a four-day holdout. He continued to demand a new contract in the offseason, while his agent claimed that Oates would retire before playing for the Capitals again. After several months of contentious negotiations, the two sides agreed to a three-year deal worth around $2.9 million per season with an option on a fourth year.
  • 1996
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For what? So we can win five games because we're lousy and we get in the eighth spot and lose four straight and get embarrassed and then get shelled all summer? It's upstairs, baby. That's their job, not ours.... Are we rebuilding? What are we doing? What direction are we going in?"
  • 1994
    Age 31
    A finger injury suffered during the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs hampered Oates throughout 1994–95 and required surgery at the season's conclusion.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the injury, Oates finished fourth in the NHL with 41 assists in a season disrupted by a work stoppage. The Bruins signed him to a five-year, $10 million contract extension late in that season, but Oates once again became frustrated with his salary relative to the rest of the league by 1997.
    Oates played in his fourth consecutive All-Star Game in 1994 and again finished third in league scoring with 112 points in 1993–94.
    More Details Hide Details In a five-year period between 1989 and 1994, Oates was the second highest point producer in the NHL. His average of 114 points per season over that time was second to Wayne Gretzky's 124.
  • 1993
    Age 30
    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.
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  • 1992
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1991
    Age 28
    Oates signed a four-year, $3 million contract extension with the Blues prior to the 1991–92 NHL season, but after the team signed Brendan Shanahan, Garth Butcher and Ron Sutter to significant deals, felt he was underpaid.
    More Details Hide Details After playing in his second career All-Star Game, he threatened to walk off the team following the all-star break if the Blues did not renegotiate his contract, prompting a negative reaction from St. Louis fans who booed him loudly. The conflict was resolved on February 7, 1992, when the team dealt him to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Craig Janney and Stéphane Quintal.
    Oates was named to the second all-star team following the season and played in the 1991 All-Star Game.
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  • 1990
    Age 27
    He improved to 115 in 1990–91 NHL season.
    More Details Hide Details He helped Hull score 72 and 86 goals those seasons, the latter the third highest in single-season total in NHL history.
  • 1989
    Age 26
    In 1989–90, Oates topped the 100-point mark for the first time in his career with 102 points.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The deal, which is now considered one of the worst in Red Wings' history, left Oates "heartbroken" to leave his first NHL club. It was one of those years, wherever we went Brett would score two goals or a hat trick. It was just fantastic. I can't believe we only played together 2½ years because it felt like 10. It was just so special. We just really hit it off as buddies, friends. The Blues made Oates their first-line centre and played him alongside Brett Hull. The pair, dubbed "Hull and Oates" as a play on the band Hall and Oates, put up prolific offensive numbers.
  • 1988
    Age 25
    He improved to 54 points in 63 games the following year despite missing a month due to a groin injury, and finished third in team scoring with 78 points in 1988–89.
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  • 1986
    Age 23
    Oates established himself as a full-time NHLer in 1986–87, scoring 47 points in 76 games.
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  • 1985
    Age 22
    He 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.
    More Details Hide Details After this, Oates struggled offensively and was pointless in his following 16 games; the team subsequently demoted him to the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League (AHL). Oates split the remainder of the season between Detroit and Adirondack, finishing his first NHL season with 38 games played, 9 goals and 11 assists. In the AHL, he scored 18 goals and 28 assists in 34 games. Having finished the NHL season in Detroit, he was returned to Adirondack for the AHL playoffs which the team won to take the Calder Cup championship.
    NHL teams took interest in Oates following his junior season; at least five teams attempted to sign him. Choosing to forgo his final year of college eligibility, Oates signed a four-year, $1.1 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings that made him the highest paid rookie in the NHL in 1985–86.
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    After helping RPI win the 1985 national championship, he was included in the all-tournament team.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He holds the record for most points all-time of any NHL player who also played NCAA Hockey. Oates was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 12, 2012 along with Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure, and Mats Sundin.
  • 1984
    Age 21
    In his three years with RPI, the Engineers recorded an record and won the ECAC championships in 1984 and 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Oates was voted to the ECAC's all-decade team of the 1980s. He 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.
    In 1984–85, Oates broke his own school records by recording 60 assists and 91 points.
    More Details Hide Details His career total of 150 assists remains a school record. Again named an NCAA All-American, he was voted to the ECAC first all-star team, and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top hockey player in the NCAA.
  • 1983
    Age 20
    In 1983–84, he set school records in points with 83 and assists with 57.
    More Details Hide Details He was named to the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) second all-star team and became the first RPI hockey player to earn a berth on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-American team since 1965.
  • 1982
    Age 19
    After scoring 42 points in 22 games in his freshman season of 1982–83, he spent the summer working with a skating instructor to improve his foot speed.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Consequently, Oates played three seasons with the RPI Engineers, leading the team in assists each year.
  • 1980
    Age 17
    He scored 89 points in 43 games during 1980–81, and 159 points – including 105 assists – in 1981–82.
    More Details Hide Details He went unselected in the NHL Entry Draft, however, as scouts considered him too slow to play in the National Hockey League (NHL). He returned to high school to complete his diploma when he was recruited to play for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
  • 1962
    Oates was born August 27, 1962, in Weston, a neighborhood in Toronto, Ontario.
    More Details Hide Details As a youth, he played both hockey and box lacrosse, favouring the latter sport. He played five seasons with the Etobicoke Eclipse of the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) Junior A Lacrosse League. An offensive standout, Oates' total of 181 points in 19 games in 1981 was the 11th highest total in OLA junior history at the time. As the league's leading scorer, he won the Bobby Allan Award and in one game that season, set OLA Junior A single-game records of 19 assists and 29 points. 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. Describing his younger self as being a "punk", Oates said he partied frequently. He dropped out of high school to focus on hockey and ended up working as a gas station attendant at 19. Oates played two full seasons and parts of a third with the Junior A Markham Waxers of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (OPJAHL).
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