Washington Capitals: Perfect Fit for Adam Oates, the Little Engine That Could

June 26th, 2012 by Eric Steitz Leave a reply »
Watty Piper (Arnold Munk) would be proud of the Washington Capitals. Piper authored the children's story, "The Little Engine That Could." The story is about hard work and opportunity.

In the story, it is requested that an engine take a long train over the mountain. All of the bigger engines refuse, leaving the smaller engine an opportunity to try.

The smaller engine uses the motto, "I think I can," and manages to pull the train all the way over the mountain.

The Capitals have had their train in place for years with talented players like Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich, John Carlson and Dennis Wideman, to name a few. They've had big engines try to pull this load over the mountain, but none have succeeded.

Now, the little engine gets his turn, not that 5'11" is small—it's three inches taller than I am.

On Tuesday, in lieu of the the Hockey Hall of Fame committee selections, the Caps named Adam Oates head coach for the upcoming season.

Oates is that little engine. He has never been a head coach, let alone an NHL head coach, but he is no stranger to pulling a large load over the mountain.  
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