Adam Oates had a better day than you

adam oates at rpi hockeyRPI hockey great Adam Oates was selected for the Hockey Hall of Fame today. Oates -- who played 19 seasons in the NHL -- is the first RPI player to be picked for the hall. [RPI Athletics]

His RPI career was jammed with achievements: twice set the single season record for points, single season recrod for assists, first in career assists, third in career points. And the Engineers won the NCAA championship his senior year (1985).

In the Hockey Hall of Fame press release today, Oates mentioned his time at RPI:

"Growing up I was a guy who was kind of overlooked and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to go to RPI and have the time for my game to mature," said Oates. "This is a tremendous honour and I look back and realize how lucky I was to have great coaches to help me along the way."

Oates ranks sixth all time in career assists in the NHL. [Hockey Hall of Fame]

But, wait, there's more: Oates was also hired today to be the head coach of the Washington Capitals. (One more career accomplishment today and he would have had a hat trick...) [Washington Capitals]

photo: RPI Athletics

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So happy for Adam and for our local college hockey programs. Adam Oates went UNDRAFTED, and was a stud in the NHL for years. Also of note, two Union players were selected in the NHL draft this past Saturday.

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