Adam Oates Officially Named Washington Capitals Head Coach

The coaching search by the Washington Capitals has come to a close. The team officially named former Capitals captain Adam Oates as the new head coach on Tuesday, according to an article on the team's website.

Capitals General manager George McPhee commented the move.

We are very pleased to name Adam Oates as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals. Adam was a highly intelligent player in the NHL for 19 seasons. He has been an assistant coach in our conference for the past three seasons and is prepared to lead our club as head coach.

Oates had spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils. The official press conference to announce the move will take place at Verizon Center at 3 p.m.

Hopefully Adam Oates will continue the success that former head coach Dale Hunter had begun when he took over the previous year.

For more on the Capitals, visit Japers Rink. For the latest news and notes from around the league, check out SB Nation's NHL Hub.

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