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Oates Joins 2012 Hall of Fame Class

by Staff Writer / St. Louis Blues
TORONTO – Bill Hay, Chairman and CEO of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Jim Gregory and Pat Quinn, Co-Chairmen of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee, announced today Adam Oates, Pavel Bure, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.

“The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these four hockey legends as Honoured Members,” said Jim Gregory. “Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved.”

Oates played three seasons with RPI of the ECAC before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Red Wings in 1985. He went on to play 19 NHL seasons with seven teams, including four 100-plus point seasons. The sixth all-time NHL career leader in assists with 1,063, Oates retired in 2004.

“Growing up I was a guy who was kind of overlooked and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to go to RPI and have the time for my game to mature,” said Oates. “This is a tremendous honour and I look back and realize how lucky I was to have great coaches to help me along the way."

The 2012 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 12th at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Adam Oates Career Highlights

  • Born on August 27, 1962 in Weston, Ontario
  • Played three years of Junior ‘B’ with Port Credit and Markham
  • Played three NCAA seasons with RPI Engineers of the ECAC: 1982-1985
  • Named to NCAA East 1st All-American Team in 1984 and 1985
  • Engineers leading scorer with 91 points in 38 games during 1984-85
  • Named to All-Tournament Team en route to an NCAA national title in 1984-85
  • Signed as an undrafted free agent in June of 1985 by the Detroit Red Wings
  • Played 19 career NHL seasons with Detroit, St. Louis, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia,
  • Anaheim and Edmonton
  • Set a career-high with 45 goals and 142 points in 1992-93 with Boston
  • Led Washington to their only Stanley Cup Final in 1997
  • Served as Washington’s captain from 1999 to 2001
  • Recorded four 100+ point seasons
  • Led NHL three times in regular season assists, including a career-high 97 assists in 1992-
  • 93
  • Played in five NHL All-Star Games: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1997
  • Named to NHL Second All-Star Team in 1990-91
  • Six-time finalist in voting for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
  • Regular season career totals: 1,337games played, 341 goals, 1,079 assists, and 1,420
  • points
  • Playoff career totals of 163 games played, 42 goals, 114 assists, and 156 points over 15
  • NHL post-seasons
  • 8th player in NHL history to record 1,000 career assists
  • 47th player in NHL history to record 1,000 career points
  • Finished 6th all-time in career assists and 13th all-time in career points
  • Finished 11th all-time in career playoff assists

For more information regarding the 2012 Induction Weekend/Celebration, visit

Established in 1943, the Hockey Hall of Fame’s (“HHOF”) mandate is to recognize and honour the achievements of players, builders and officials who bring special distinction to the game of hockey, and to collect, preserve, research and exhibit objects, images and resource materials connected with the game as it is played in Canada and throughout the world. As a non-profit corporation and a registered charity under the Income Tax Act, HHOF owns and operates a museum and place of entertainment offering state-of-the-art exhibits, multimedia presentations and educational programming from its premises at Brookfield Place, Toronto, Canada.

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