Adam Oates and Scott Stevens were hired as co-head coaches of the Devils on December 27, 2014.
Oates is entering his third year with Devils’ organization, after previously spending the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons as an assistant coach. He spent the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons as head coach with Washington, posting a 65-48-17=147pt (.565) mark in 130 games behind the Capitals’ bench.
Oates was named as an assistant coach in his first stint with New Jersey on June 29, 2010. He joined the club after serving Tampa Bay as an assistant coach during the 2009-10 season. Oates retired as an active player Apr. 3, 2004, compiling 341 goals and 1,079 assists for 1,420 points and 415 penalty minutes in 1,337 career games with Detroit, St. Louis, Boston,
Washington, Philadelphia, Anaheim and Edmonton.
He played in five NHL All-Star Games during his 19-season career and was named to the league’s Second All-Star Team in 1991. Oates reached the 100-point mark on four occasions including a career-high 142 in 1992-93. He ranks sixth all-time in assists, leading the NHL during the 1992-93 (97), 2000-01 (69, tie) and 2001-02 (64) seasons.
Oates also saw action in 163 career playoff games, including two Stanley Cup Final appearances in 1998 and 2003, recording 42 goals and 114 assists for 156 points and 66 penalty minutes. He signed with Detroit as free agent June 28, 1985 after three seasons at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECAC). Oates was a member of the Engineers’ 1985 NCAA Championship team and was selected to the All-Tournament Team. He was also part of Rensselaer’s 1984 and 1985 ECAC Championship teams. Oates was named to the league’s First All-Star Team in 1985 and Second All-Star Team in 1984. He was also named to the NCAA East First All-American Teams in 1984 and 1985. Adam was born Aug. 27, 1962 in Weston, Ont.
You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.
— Lightning forward Steven Stamkos after Game 7 win vs. Rangers on Friday in New York