Old pals Maclean, Oates still pro­duce

Former team­mates now head coaches

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They played to­gether, were traded to­gether, and now Paul MacLean and Adam Oates are fel­low head coaches in the NHL — MacLean in his sec­ond Ot­tawa sea­son and Oates, a re­cent Hall of Fame in­ductee as a player, in his first weeks as Washington’s bench boss.

“I like to say I made him a mil­lion­aire, but I’m not sure if it’s true,” MacLean said. “He might have had it al­ready.”

Oates was MacLean’s cen­tre, and of­ten his line­mate, with the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues. When they were traded to­gether to the Blues in 1989 (in ex­change for Bernie Fed­erko and Tony McKeg­ney), MacLean and Oates formed a line with Rod Brind’Amour and com­bined to pro­duce 83 goals and 230 points in the 1989-90 sea­son.

MacLean, get­ting near the end of road as a player, pro­duced 34 goals that sea­son and Oates had his first of four 100-point sea­sons, with 102. They would join forces again in 2002-03, when MacLean was an as­sis­tant coach with the Ana­heim Mighty Ducks while Oates was a veteran piece on a Ducks team that reached the Stan­ley Cup fi­nals against New Jersey.

“Yeah, we lost Game 7 in the fi­nals, that was tough,” Oates said. “It was a lit­tle weird, be­cause Paul and I played to­gether on two teams and we got traded to­gether. All of a sud­den 10 years later he’s coach­ing me.

“But I was an older guy at the time and our re­la­tion­ship was great.

“I wish he’d made me a few more (mil­lion),” Oates laughed. “Hey, he was a great hockey player, you guys know that. . He was a good, twoway, tough winger. A guy you liked play­ing with.”

Fac­ing each other as coaches adds an in­ter­est­ing “wrin­kle” to the Sen­a­tors-Cap­i­tals matchup, Oates said.

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