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[Hiring] Oates New Coach For Capitals

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The Washington Capitals are going with a familiar face behind the bench, as the club has hired Adam Oates as their new head coach.

Oates, who played for six seasons in Washington, was hired as an assistant coach by the New Jersey Devils two years ago and helped guide the team to a Stanley Cup Final berth earlier this month. He was also an assistant coach with the

Tampa Bay Lightning for the 2009-10 season.

Oates edged out former Chicago Blackhawks assistant Mike Haviland and Norfolk Admirals head coach Jon Cooper for the job.

Oates retired in 2004 after tallying 1,420 points in 1,337 games with Detroit, St. Louis, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Anaheim, and Edmonton. He played in five NHL All-Star Games during his 19-season career and was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team in 1991.

Oates reached the 100-point mark on four occasions including a career-high 142 in 1992-93 while centering Cam Neely in Boston. Oates led the NHL in assists during the 1992-93 (97), 2000-01 (69, tie), and 2001-02 (64) seasons.

Oates had 42 goals and 114 assists for 156 points in 163 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He went to the Final twice, with Washington in 1998 and Anaheim in 2003, the latter year against the Devils.

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