TORONTO | Adam Oates and fellow 2012 inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday morning received their rings a few hours before they’re officially welcomed into the sport’s most honored club. It’s not quite done yet, but here’s what Oates’ Hall of Fame plaque says, as read by selection committee co-chair Pat Quinn:
Adam Robert Oates
Through hard work and dedication, Adam Oates overcame not being drafted to become one of the game’s elite setup men. Originally signed by Detroit his playmaking prowess took center stage following a trade to the St. Louis Blues. Oates led the NHL in assists three times, including a career high of 1.48 assists per game in ‘90-91, earning second-team All-Star honors and 142 points in ‘92-93 as a member of the Boston Bruins. Just the eighth player in NHL history to record 1,000 career assists, Oates finished sixth all-time with 1,079 and 13th in all-time scoring with 1,420 points during his 19 seasons. Player inductee 2012.