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CAPITALS: Adam Oates Earns Induction Into Hockey Hall Of Fame

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates was amongst four players inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday, the culmination of a career in which he was often overlooked.

Oates, who was honored alongside Pavel Bure, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin, finished sixth all-time with 1,079 assists – leading the NHL in that category three times. He played for seven teams over 19 seasons, with his career ending in 2004.

“I’ve spent a lot of time doing what almost everybody I’m sure who’s been inducted has done: You reflect on your career,” Oates said in his induction speech, according to the Washington Times. “I spent a lot of time thinking about the people I played with, my memories of the game and the people that helped me get there. And today is the day of all days that I think I should say, ‘Thank you.’”

Oates, 50, was named the Capitals’ next head coach in June after Dale Hunter decided not to return. With the players currently locked out by the league owners, Oates has been working as a co-coach for the Hershey Bears, Washington’s AHL affiliate.

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