Veteran Oates ready to win Stanley Cup

Updated: May 21, 2003, 11:15 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
For 40-year-old Anaheim center Adam Oates, 10 days off between games is a small inconvenience while trying to reach something he's waited his 18-year NHL career to achieve.

When the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim play the Ottawa-New Jersey winner in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Tuesday it will be 11 days since Anaheim's last game May 16. On that night, Oates clinched Anaheim's trip to the finals by scoring twice in the Mighty Ducks' 2-1 Game 4 victory over the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference finals.

"It's obviously very special," Oates told The Orange County Register. "It's only the second time, and it's been a while."