|Oates played 60 games for the Oilers in 2002-03. (Getty Images)
Adam Oates, a 19-year NHL veteran who spent his final NHL season with the Edmonton Oilers, is one of four members of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2012, the Hall announced today.
Oates was named to this year's class alongside Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin and Pavel Bure. Oates appeared in 1,337 games and collected 1,420 points (341 goals, 1,079 assists) with Detroit, St. Louis, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Anaheim and Edmonton. Only Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux averaged more assists per-game than Oates. During the 1990’s only Gretzky (662) recorded more assists than Oates (636).
The Weston, Ontario, native ranks sixth all-time in assists and 16th all-time in points in NHL history. Oates ranks 25th in NHL history in playoff points, having recorded 156 points (42 goals, 114 assists) in 163 career playoff games. The former center led or was tied for the league lead in assists three times in his career (1992-93, 2000-01 and 2001-02) and ranked in the top-10 in assists in 12 of his 19 seasons. Oates was named an NHL All-Star five times (1991-94 and 1997) and was a six-time Lady Bing finalist during his career (runner-up in four straight seasons).
Oates played his final NHL season with the Oilers, scoring two goals and 16 assists for 18 points in 60 games. He also had 8 penalty minutes.
Other Oilers players in the Hockey Hall of Fame include Wayne Gretzky (1999), Jari Kurri (2001), Grant Fuhr (2003), Paul Coffey (2004), Mark Messier (2007) and Glenn Anderson (2008).