3 NHL Coaches Who Could Still Get out on the Ice and Compete

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3 NHL Coaches Who Could Still Get out on the Ice and Compete
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Adam Oates' work as an assistant for the New Jersey Devils helped him earn the head coaching job in Washington.

As with any sport, the best NHL players don't necessarily translate into successful head coaches.  See Wayne Gretzky's tenure in Phoenix for proof of that.  But are there coaches who could make the jump back to playing and still get out on the ice and compete?

The list is relatively short, especially when you consider that a lot of former players who've gone on to become head coaches are already well into their 50s.

It's next to impossible to make an argument that someone that age could still lace them up and make an NHL roster.  A player like Chris Chelios, who played until the age of 48, only comes around once a generation. 

Ahead, we're going to look at three current coaches who could still give playing again a shot.  They're ranked from oldest to youngest, in the thinking that the youngest one would have the best chance of actually doing it.

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