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.
NOW LET’S GO TO MO FOR THE VIDEO.
Oates is introduced around the 55 second mark and hangs out for the rest of the episode.
A few things:
- Oates, when giving his commentary, refers to the kids as the color of their t-shirts instead of their names. Also, this taping gives us precious insight on the ‘smart moves’ Oates will teach Ovechkin.
- Oates may have accumulated the most career playoffs points without ever winning the Stanley Cup, but how many Hall of Famers can say they’ve held a glowing piece of ‘the rock?’
- In hindsight, it’s hard to believe Mike O’Malley was given serious roles in network TV shows and not banished from the medium altogether after hosting this.
Additional jokes by Ana Hansen. Props to Peter Hassett for finding this video.