It’s been quite a few days for Adam Oates. The longtime center was named new coach of the Capitals as well as a member of the NHL’s latest Hall of Fame class. Oates, who was never drafted, recorded 341 goals and 1,079 assists in 19 NHL seasons. (David E. Klutho/SI, Lou Capozzola/SI, Andre Pichette/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2012HACKEL: Hiring Oates a great move for Caps

It’s been quite a few days for Adam Oates. The longtime center was named new coach of the Capitals as well as a member of the NHL’s latest Hall of Fame class. Oates, who was never drafted, recorded 341 goals and 1,079 assists in 19 NHL seasons. (David E. Klutho/SI, Lou Capozzola/SI, Andre Pichette/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2012
HACKEL: Hiring Oates a great move for Caps