Video: Adam Oates Was Once On Nickelodeon’s GUTS

We would like to welcome our new coach in with all the respect and decorum that is owed a Hall-of-Fame player and former Capitals captain — by which we mean, posting videos of him on Nickelodeon’s “GUTS.”

For those of you whose middle school years were not in the mid-nineties, “GUTS” was a low-budget, action-competition show on Nickelodeon featuring kids facing off in a variety of athletic challenges, often assisted by guest stars. Adam Oates appeared on the show in 1994, dressed for action in a salmon sweatshirt tucked into high-waisted jeans.

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Adam Oates is having a pretty good day.

Earlier Tuesday, Oates was officially named the Capitals’ new head coach. Then, not a half an hour later, it was announced that the legendary playmaker had been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, which we’re pretty sure has never happened before in the history of the sport.

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Alex Ovechkin Happy With Hire Of Adam Oates

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Alex Ovechkin never complained about the locked-down, grinding system that the Capitals played while Dale Hunter coached the team. Despite his decreased role and the emphasis on defense, Ovechkin often stated that he understood that it was about the team, and that he would accept whatever role he was given. Hunter appeared to leave town on good terms with the Russian star.

Now that a new coach has finally been hired though, Ovi is finally speaking up about the style he likes to play. 

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As first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger and now confirmed by the team, the Washington Capitals have named former team captain Adam Oates their new head coach.

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2011-12 Year-End Review: Joe B and Locker

Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin pose with their Rookie Cards

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Not all of the people iconic to Caps hockey are the players on the ice. Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin are a part of the experience all year, holding our hands through nail-biting overtime games, hugging us after crushing defeats.

You know, metaphorically.

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