The Boston Bruins’ visit to Washington this Tuesday night will come a mere four days after the 16th anniversary of a deal that ended Adam Oates’ black and gold tenure, sending him to the Capitals. Now the current Bruins will face the decorated pivot for the first time in his head coaching career as his first season behind the Washington bench hits full swing.
Two of Oates’ three most prolific seasons were also his first two full years with the Bruins in 1992-93 and 1993-94. One of his most fulfilling years as a team player, which he unquestionably was based on his playmaking penchant, was his first of two Stanley Cup Final appearances as a Capital in 1998.
Oates led the Bruins in all three production categories (45-97-142) in 1992-93 and topped Boston’s chart with 112 points, including 80 assists, the following season.
He did the same in 1994-95 with 41 assists and 54 points and in 1995-96 with 67 helpers and 92 points. He easily could have repeated that feat yet again if not for the aforementioned trade on Mar. 1, 1997.
Oates carried on his playmaking leadership in each of five seasons spent predominantly with the Caps and also led the team in the sense of sporting the captain’s “C” in 1999-00 and 2000-01.
In recognition of the digits he wore on his uniform during his Bruins days, Oates leads off a list of the 12 best NHL players to have dressed for both Boston and Washington. Here are the 11 others.
Unless otherwise indicated, all information for this slideshow was found on the Internet Hockey Database.