Originally written on Thrashing the Blues  |  Last updated 6/26/12

About flipping time.

It’s taken too long, considering that he retired in 2004 and has been eligible for five years, but Adam Oates has finally been selected to join the Hockey Hall of Fame. Oates had the most points of anyone not in the HHOF, but he is probably best known for his time playing with Brett Hull. Thankfully that coincided with the early 90s to give us the “Hull and Oates” meme for three seasons.


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While Hull was putting up insane goal totals in ‘89-90 – ’91-’92 (72, 86, and 70, respectively), Oates was making it happen with assist totals of 79, 90, and 59.

Unfortunately, Oates was dealt to the Boston Bruins after the 1991-1992 season for Craig Janney, and Hull never cracked 60 goals without Oates on his line. Hull would have reached St. Louis sports legend status regardless, but it was nice to have Oates here for three seasons to give the guy a hand.

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