Adam Oates was recently named the latest coach of the Washington Capitals (TSN), following in a long line of players-turned-coaches.
Many have seen great success in the transition from on-ice player to bench boss. There are many more who have failed horribly as coaches.
For Adam Oates, time will tell if he will be remembered as a great player who transitioned into a great coach—or a horrible flop.
Even "The Great One," Wayne Gretzky, took a stab at coaching, only to flop—hard. It takes more than just on-ice talent to make a good coach.
Some players who turned into coaches were not even very good players, and those on this list probably would have had less headaches if they had simply retired.
In the slides that follow, we look at 15 players who went on to become coaches with abysmal records.