Adam Oates is widely regarded as having one of the sharpest hockey minds in the world. The foundation of Adam’s Hall of Fame career was an inner feel of the details, flow and lanes within the game coupled with a burning desire to always get better. He carried these attributes into his career as an NHL coach, during which time he studied team systems and player tendencies and gained an even deeper understanding of the details within the game.
As a result of his incredible journey as a player, coach and student of the game, Adam’s eye is able to identify the nuances within a player’s movements, skill set and thought process that are holding that player back from reaching the next level. Adam and his team then get to work on the ice and through video analysis, correct those flaws and improve the player’s movements, skills and thought process on the ice. The objective is to create a player who will be safer on the ice, be able to execute more plays and have an advanced “Hockey IQ”.
"Safety is my biggest concern in a player's game. When I first speak with a player, I ask him to send me some game tapes. The first thing I’m looking for is does he ever put himself at risk and, if so, why? From there I form a plan based on what the player is doing well and what needs to be worked on. I then speak with the player and we discuss a plan of attack that's not a band-aid, it’s real improvement. So do we work on skills, YES! But I prefer to say that we’re improving your IQ and making you an all-round better player".
- Adam Oates
At Oates Sports Group, we have one mission: to make our players better. Once you become a member of our team, you become part of the family and we do whatever we can to help you improve and navigate your way through the challenging and sometimes irrational world of high-level hockey.
We offer an initial consultation with Adam which includes Adam reviewing some of your game footage and providing preliminary advice to you about your strengths and weaknesses and the areas that you should focus on to improve your game. This can be combined with a two or three day session with Adam or a member of his team.
INDIVIDUAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT
Adam and his team will design a custom program for you which will include on-ice instruction, video analysis and mentoring with a view to improving your movements, skills and, ultimately, your Hockey IQ.
Adam and his team will work with your small group or team to improve individual skills or team systems. This can be done on the ice, in the classroom or a combination of the two. Regardless of what level your team is at, there's always room for improvement!
Oates Sports Group trains some of the game’s best current players, and works to enhance the skills and development of aspiring pros.
Below is a list of just some of the athletes we train and make better:
JACK EICHEL BUFFALO SABRES
DARNELL NURSE EDMONTON OILERS
MAX DOMI MONTREAL CANADIENS
KEVAN MILLER BOSTON BRUINS
ZACH PARISE MINNESOTA WILD
MARK SCHEIFELE WINNIPEG JETS
STEVEN STAMKOS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
BLAKE WHEELER WINNIPEG JETS
TRAVIS ZAJAC NEW JERSEY DEVILS
CONNOR MCDAVID EDMONTON OILERS
JONATHAN TOEWS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
RYAN O'REILLY ST LOUIS BLUES
NIKITA KUCHEROV TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
JASON ZUCKER MINNESOTA WILD
MATT DUCHENE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
JOSH MORRISSEY WINNIPEG JETS
BRENDEN DILLON SAN JOSE SHARKS
BRAYDEN SCHENN ST. LOUIS BLUES
LUKE SCHENN VANCOUVER CANUCKS
STEVE SANTINI NEW JERSEY DEVILS
MATT MARTIN NEW YORK ISLANDERS
CAL CLUTTERBUCK NEW YORK ISLANDERS
ANDREW COPP WINNIPEG JETS
EXCITEMENT AT THE RINK 7/2018
Graydon is far left, second row in a black jersey.
Adam Oates showed up at the rink with some NHLers you might be familiar with to work on their summer conditioning. The NHLers were kind enough to pose for some pictures with the kids and sign autographs.