(HockeyStL) -- It is hard to believe that it has been twenty years since the Hull-Oates tandem tore up the NHL with slick passing and wicked slap shots for a Blues team poised to win the Stanley Cup.
The former teammates will rejoin November 12 when Adam Oates will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame -- three years after Brett Hull joined the exclusive club.
Hull and Oates, dubbed in connection to the band Hall and Oates, made their own beautiful music on the ice for two and a half seasons. Those seasons are referred to as the “best” for Hull, who scored 212 goals in that stretch. Oates compiled 228 assists during the brief stint with the Blues before being traded to the Boston Bruins.
"If a team makes poor decisions, like trading Adam Oates, what can you do as a player?" Hull told NHL.com. "It just seemed like we were always so close and a couple of times guys got hurt that were key, but more often than not, to me, there were bad personnel changes. That was a big problem. What I regret is we didn't get to finish what we had started."
The prime for Blues hockey was arguably from 1989 until Oates was traded in early 1992, and despite not making it far in the playoffs those years the Blues seemed to be on the cusp of its first Stanley Cup in team history.
Twenty years later, fans in St. Louis are still awaiting another tandem like Hull and Oates, and even the best tandem in the NHL today (Crosby-Malkin) doesn’t even compare to what the two former Blues were able to do in such a short period.
Oates will be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin and Pavel Bure.
Oates compiled 1,420 points (341 goals, 1,079 assists) in 1,337 games played with the Red Wings, Blues, Bruins, Capitals, Flyers, Mighty Ducks and Oilers.