Adam Oates was hired as the head coach of the Washington Capitals on June 26, 2012. "We are very pleased to name Adam Oates as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals," general manager Geroge McPhee said in a statement released by the team. "Adam was a highly intelligent player in the NHL for 19 seasons." Oates never has been a head coach at the professional level. ...more
Calle Johansson was named assistant coach of the Washington Capitals on July 18, 2012. Johansson holds the record for the most games played as a Capital, appearing in 983 games from 1989-2003. Johansson holds franchise records for points (474) and assists (361) by a defenseman and ranks third in goals (113). Along with new coach Adam Oates, Johansson joins associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig as members of the Washington squad that played in the 1998 Stanley Cup Final. ...more
Tim Hunter was named an assistant coach of the Washington Capitals on July 23, 2012. Hunter has coached 1,041 games in an assistant role during his 13-season NHL coaching career. The former Stanley Cup winner was an assistant coach under Ron Wilson in all 13 previous seasons, including five years behind the Washington bench (1997-2002). Hunter helped the Capitals reach the Stanley Cup final in 1998 and the team reached the postseason in three of his five seasons with Washington, compiling a record of 192-159-51-8 (.540 percentage). ...more
Olie Kolzig was promoted to the role of goaltending coach of the Washington Capitals on September 4, 2013. Kolzig had spent the past two seasons as the Capitals' associate goaltending coach. As a player, Kolzig owns nearly every Capitals goaltending record, including games played, wins (301), shutouts (35) and minutes (41,259), and ranks fourth (minimum 3,000 minutes played) in goals-against average (2.70) and third in save percentage (.906). ...more
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Very happy that old guy finally scored. It was great. You see the excitement on his face. I remember when I scored my first goal and it's just such a great feeling. Anytime you can help contribute to a team win it's a lot of fun.