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. He has been an assistant coach in our conference for the past three seasons and is prepared to lead our club as head coach."
Oates never has been a head coach at the professional level. Last season was his second season as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils, and he also worked as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2009-10 season.
As a player, Oates ranks sixth all-time with 1,079 assists and 16th with 1,420 points, retired in 2004 after playing 1,337 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 NHL’s Second All-Star Team in 1991.
Oates reached the 100-point mark on four occasions including a career-high 142 in 1992-93 while centering Cam Neely in Boston. Oates led the NHL in assists during the 1992-93 (97), 2000-01 (69, tie), and 2001-02 (64) seasons.
Oates had 42 goals and 114 assists for 156 points in 163 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He went to the Final twice, with Washington in 1998 and Anaheim in 2003, the latter year against the Devils.
He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.
— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers