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Adam Oates

  • Canadian athlete
  • Born August 27, 1962

Adam Robert Oates (born August 27, 1962) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, former co-head coach for the New Jersey Devils and former head coach for the Washington Capitals. He played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Edmonton Oilers. Known as an elite playmaker, his career total of 1,079 assists was the fifth-highest total in NHL history at the time of his 2004 retirement.


I can't be a hypocrite as a coach because as a player that's what I wanted. I wanted feedback, I wanted communication from the boss. I showed up for work, you can yell at me if you want, but I want input. So that's the kind of coach I want to be.




Growing up as a kid my father was British and a soccer player. His idol was a guy that passed the ball a lot, Stanley Matthews. Our family thought if you could be unselfish your teammates would always like you.




I was 19 years old, pumping gas and going nowhere. I was kind of a high school dropout at that point because I had left school to play hockey, but no one drafted me.




I went to the Hall of Fame with my dad. I can't say I really remember too much about it.




Even the superstars need to be coached once in awhile.




I was a punk. I think that's why I'm such a good person now, because I was such a bad guy then.




You eat and sleep it all day long and play on the streets until mom calls you in. My story is no different than anybody else's.




Assistant coaches become a little bit more buddies to the players than a head coach.



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