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11-10-2012, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Hamilton Brian View Post
Sorry if this is a retread re-thread. I have avoided all hockey news the past few weeks but when I perused the Globe and Mail on Wednesday, it said Oates was going to the Hall of Fame. I think it is a just reward. They guy came out of nowhere and had a gift for working the stick to make other guys better. I wouldn't say that Oates was my favourite player back in the early 90s, but he was dependable. I was upset when he was traded, but that was a helluva year, in 97, by any stretch.

The article said that both Neely and Bourque will be at the ceremony.

I'd love to go; 3 great Bruins in the same room.

It's not the original article I read but,
While I agree with much you said about all his attributes, to say he came out of nowhere isn`t completely true, I seem to recall 5 or 6 teams trying to secure his services at one time while at RPI. His pro career didn`t take off immediately which may be why you mentioned "out of nowhere" but he was on many radars when attending RPI

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