Updated 06/27/2012 07:18 AM
RPI Alum Oates named NHL coach and earns Hall of Fame status
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TROY, N.Y. -- June 26th, 2012 will likely go down as one of the greatest days in Adam Oates life.
In a span of two hours, the former RPI standout was named the new Head Coach of the Washington Capitals and a Hall of Fame Inductee.
Oates spent three seasons in Troy from 1982-1985 and won a National Championship with the Engineers in 1985.
He had a fantastic 19-year NHL career playing with several teams including the Capitals. In terms of coaching, he served as an assistant the last two seasons with the New Jersey Devils.
Just two hours after it was announced that he'd be the new head coach of the Capitals, it was announced that he, Joe Sacik, Pavel Bure and Mats Sundine would be going into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Oates is the first RPI Engineer to go into the Hall. He'll be officially inducted in November.