The Washington Capitals have announced Tuesday that they have named former team captain Adam Oates as their new head coach, replacing Dale Hunter, who came into replace Bruce Boudreau at the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
"We are very pleased to name Adam Oates as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals," said General Manager George McPhee in a statement on the team's website. "Adam was a highly intelligent player in the NHL for 19 seasons. He has been an assistant coach in our conference for the past three seasons and is prepared to lead our club as head coach."
Oates spent the last season behind the bench for the New Jersey Devils, serving as the Assistant Coach for the team as they won the Eastern Conference, ultimately losing to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Capitals are well-acquainted with Oates. The Western Ontario native spent six highly-productive seasons with the team after being traded from Boston in 1997. Oates helped lead the team to their only Stanley Cup Finals in 1998.