Adam Oates talks about his unique hockey stick
Wed, 20 Feb 2013|
CSN Washington dot com. Adam -- will be the first to tell you the game did not come naturally to him so had to be extremely analytical finding ways to get an edge and always improve. His meticulous attention to. What about that crazy sticky used to all sorts of found out today at that short -- played was another part of his approach to the game. Adam -- is one of the greatest play makers of all time sixth on the all time assist list. And somehow the hall of Famer managed many of those passes with a stick unlike any other. A curiously short blade and a flat toe so what's the first thing. -- he -- he think of when you -- this -- -- different that's it would stick on stick and we'll have area. There's a little bit of a pair of for her this time today and it. I mean you're a successful off the stick so the only good thing about that is assignment. But the reason for using -- wasn't because coats -- it would make him a better passer. It's actually a good story in the sense that. I used to look a lot longer blade but in normal -- and my last year in Boston her my hand. And I tore a ligament in my my ring finger. And I had surgery that summer and when I was rehabbing. The strength in my hand was not the same. And I went through my normal offseason training and my right hand there are coming -- my back inside my hand would put quotes that. So is -- results is you can imagine panic in. And I end up cutting the blade download it to to just get some dexterity in my hand over on the side. And you know look ridiculous. It was ought to come up with -- After three further surgeries Oates has his dexterity back for the most part and can now use a regular stick. For which he's thankful. You get so used to looking at something straight down. They don't north anymore but if you held it over there I'd be like oh my god that's -- that's hideous violence ridiculous. So don't look for any of these cats to emulate their coach's game in that regard. With the capitals Jill Sorenson CSN Washington. CSN Washington dot com.