Oates getting anxious about Hall induction

Oates getting anxious about Hall induction
October 25, 2012, 4:15 pm
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As one of the finest passers in the history of hockey, Adam Oates could have had a 230-pound defenseman breathing down his neck and it wouldn’t stop him from calmly feathering a pass onto the stick of Peter Bondra for a tap-in.

But put the Capitals coach behind a microphone and in front of a room filled some of the greatest players ever and, well, the stomach starts to churn.

“Am I nervous? Oh, yeah. Everybody’s nervous,” Oates said when asked about his approaching induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, Nov. 12 in Toronto.

“It’s a big stage, a huge honor.”

Representatives from the Hockey Hall of Fame visited with Oates last week in Hershey to get a head count of friends and family who will need accommodations. Oates said he expects to have between 20 and 40 guests in attendance for the weekend gala.

Joining Oates in the class of 2012 inductees will be Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin and Pavel Bure.

Because of the NHL lockout, the Nov. 9 Hockey Hall of Fame Game between the Devils and Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre is in danger of being canceled, although the Legends Classic, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, at ACC, is still on schedule.