Adam Oates enjoyed a great day Tuesday, earning his place in the Hockey Hall of Fame and being named the new head coach of the Washington Capitals.
"Absolutely fantastic day. I don't know if that's happened before," said Oates. "I've got to go out and play lotto, I think. Just two huge honors. Obviously, I'm very excited about the coaching job and to be called to the Hall of Fame. It's just a special, special day for us." He has spent the past two seasons as an assistant in New Jersey and will take the reigns as a head coach for the first time next season. Oates is expected to let his offensive players have more leeway than they did under Dale Hunter, but they won't abandon their defensive responsibilities.