1997 photo by Rich Lipski/Washington Post

"Absolutely fantastic day. I don’t know if that’s happened before," Oates said on a conference call Tuesday afternoon. "I’ve got to go out and play lotto, I think. Just two huge honors. Obviously, I’m very excited about the coaching job and to be called to the Hall of Fame. It’s just a special, special day for us."

Oates, 49, recorded 1,420 points in 1,337 games over a 19-year NHL career that saw him play for the Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Edmonton Oilers.

In addition to Oates, the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2012 includes Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin and Pavel Bure.

The new class will be inducted on Nov. 12.

Oates joins Mike Gartner, Rod Langway, Larry Murphy, Scott Stevens and Dino Cicarrelli as Capitals enshrined in the hall.

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