Adam Graves

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Adam Graves
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Born (1968-04-12) April 12, 1968 (age 46)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Edmonton Oilers
New York Rangers
San Jose Sharks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 1986
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1987–2003

Adam Scott Graves (born April 12, 1968 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian former professional hockey player. He is best known for his ten-year tenure with the New York Rangers. He also played for the Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, and San Jose Sharks. He finished his career with 329 goals and 287 assists and is currently a New York Rangers special assistant with Prospect Development and Community Relations.[1]

Playing career[edit]

After spending several seasons in the minor leagues, Graves made his National Hockey League debut with the Red Wings in the 1988–89 season, playing in 56 games and scoring 7 goals. The next year he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers, where he gained a reputation as a hard-nosed player, compiling over 120 penalty minutes in both seasons he spent with the team. It was there that he won his first Stanley Cup championship.

He played Junior B hockey with King City, north of his birthplace in Toronto. Graves then joined the Windsor Spitfires in 1985–86 and averaged over a point per game as an OHL rookie. Graves was then drafted 22nd overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. Graves's big break came in 1986–87 when he scored 45 goals for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

He led his team to the OHL championship, the Memorial Cup tournament. Although they didn't win the championship Graves played another year (1987–88) for the Spitfires and was called up for 9 games with Detroit.

From 1987–89 Graves only scored 7 goals in 78 games with Detroit and went back and forth from the Red Wings to their farm team, in Adirondack. Early in the 1989–90 season Graves was traded from the Detroit Red Wings to the Edmonton Oilers). The trade was a success for Graves and Edmonton, as he helped the Oilers win the Stanley Cup over the Boston Bruins. "It was such an excellent team atmosphere", said Graves of his two years with the Oilers. "We were together as any group of guys in the league. Everyone felt that they were a part of the team- no one felt left out. Because of that, even if you had a small role on the team, you were happy. You were glad to be able to give whatever little you could to the team. You did everything you could". "I have many wonderful memories in my two years with the Oilers. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the team".

The New York Rangers were interested in Graves at this point, and he signed with them in 1991. He recorded 26 and 36 goal performances in his first two seasons with the Rangers, but gained criticism from the media during a playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins when he chopped at Mario Lemieux's left hand, leading to a broken bone that forced Lemieux to miss the Penguins' next five games. Lemieux complained afterward that Graves and Rangers coach Roger Neilson had "engineered a hit" on him, and Graves was ultimately suspended for what turned out to be the Rangers' final three playoff games before being eliminated by the Penguins. During his first year he helped the Rangers to the President's trophy after scoring a league-high 105 points. Even though Graves' play continued to progress in the 1992–93 season, the Rangers fell to 6th place and out of the playoffs.

During the 1993–94 season Graves scored 52 goals and set what was then a franchise record for most goals scored in a single season by a New York Ranger with 52 (Jaromir Jagr would score 54 in 2005-06). In the spring of 1994, Graves helped the Rangers win their first Stanley Cup since the 1939–40 season. Graves was awarded a roster spot on the NHL's second All-Star Team at the position of left wing, and was the recipient of the King Clancy Memorial trophy in recognition of his continuing work with charitable causes.

Although the Rangers' fortunes would wane over the next few years as they sank into mediocrity after the 1996–1997 NHL season, he remained one of the team's most popular players. After winning the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2001, Graves was traded to the San Jose Sharks. Graves played with the Sharks organization for two years and tallied 49 total points before announcing his retirement in April 2004.

Graves is now an instructor at the New York Rangers youth hockey camp.

Adam Graves won the NHL's most prized trophy and championship, The Stanley Cup, twice; in 1989–90 with the Edmonton Oilers and in 1993–94 with the New York Rangers. Graves also won a championship on the international level for his native Canada. In 1988 he was a member of the winning Canadian Junior team at the World Championships. In the tournament Graves recorded 5 goals in 7 games. He was also given the honor to captain the 1993 World Championships in Munich, Germany. This time around Graves recorded 3 goals. Again in 1999, Graves represented Team Canada at the World Championships in Norway, scoring 7 points in 10 games.

Personal life[edit]

Graves grew up in Toronto with his parents, Henry (a police officer) and Lynda Graves. Graves has two older sisters, Richenda and Lynette, as well as a younger adopted brother, Mark. The Graves family also took in as many as forty foster children.[2] He and his wife, Violet, are the parents of Madison, 18, Montana, 15, and Logan, 13.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

In the 1999 movie Big Daddy, Peter Dante is wearing what is obviously Graves's New York Rangers #9 jersey complete with the alternate captain emblem on the chest. The "G" and "S" were digitally removed for contractual reasons as the producers of the film wanted to avoid paying licensing rights for the use of Graves' jersey.

Recognitions[edit]

During the 1993–94 season Graves was awarded with the King Clancy Memorial Trophy which is given annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities or has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community. Graves also won the NHL foundation award during the 1999–2000 season. This award is given annually to the player who applies core values of hockey, commitment and teamwork, to enrich the lives of people in the community.

During the 1991–92 season, 1992–93 season, 1993–94 season, 1998–99 season, and the 1999–2000 season Graves received the Steven McDonald Award. This award is given annually to the Rangers player who goes "above and beyond the call of duty", named after a paralyzed NYC police officer, Steven McDonald.

The Players' Player Award which is given to the best "team player" as voted on by the players was also won by Graves in 1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95, and 1998–99. In the 1992–93, and 1993–94 seasons, Graves won the Rangers Most Valuable Player Award given to the Rangers most valuable player as voted on by the media. Also during the 1992–93 season Graves was given the "Rangers Good Guy" award. During the Rangers Stanley Cup winning season Graves was awarded the Frank Boucher Trophy given by the Rangers Fan Club given to the most popular player on and off the ice. Yet another fan club award Graves was awarded the "Rangers Fan Club Ceil Saidel Memorial Award" during the 1995–96, 1996–97, and 1999–2000 seasons. This award is for dedication on and off the ice.

1993 was a good year for Graves, as he was also awarded the "Crumb Bum Award" given annually for services to New York youngsters as voted on by the media. Another "Good Guy" award Graves won was The Sporting News "Good guy" award in 2000. Along with other professional athletes such as Al Leiter, Troy Aikman, and Terry Cummings this award was given to charitable and community service efforts. Graves is now an instructor at the New York Rangers youth hockey camp. He focuses on instilling pride in the youngsters attending the camp.

He also won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in the 2000–01 season.

On February 3, 2009, the New York Rangers retired Graves's Number #9 jersey before a game against the Atlanta Thrashers, joining fellow 1994 Stanley Cup champion teammates Brian Leetch, Mark Messier and Mike Richter, as well as Ranger greats Rod Gilbert and Eddie Giacomin in the rafters of Madison Square Garden.[4] Number #9 was also retired for Graves by his junior hockey team, the Windsor Spitfires.

Also in 2009, Graves was ranked No. 13 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons).

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86 Windsor Spitfires OHL 62 27 37 64 35 16 5 11 16 10
1986–87 Windsor Spitfires OHL 66 45 55 100 70 14 9 8 17 32
1986–87 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 5 0 1 1 0
1987–88 Windsor Spitfires OHL 37 28 32 60 107 12 14 18 32 16
1987–88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 9 0 1 1 8
1988–89 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 14 10 11 21 28 14 11 7 18 17
1988–89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 56 7 5 12 60 5 0 0 0 4
1989–90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 0 1 1 13
1989–90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 9 12 21 123 22 5 6 11 17
1990–91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 76 7 18 25 127 18 2 4 6 22
1991–92 New York Rangers NHL 80 26 33 59 139 10 5 3 8 22
1992–93 New York Rangers NHL 84 36 29 65 148
1993–94 New York Rangers NHL 84 52 27 79 127 23 10 7 17 24
1994–95 New York Rangers NHL 47 17 14 31 51 10 4 4 8 8
1995–96 New York Rangers NHL 82 22 36 58 100 10 7 1 8 4
1996–97 New York Rangers NHL 82 33 28 61 66 15 2 1 3 12
1997–98 New York Rangers NHL 72 23 12 35 41
1998–99 New York Rangers NHL 82 38 15 53 47
1999–2000 New York Rangers NHL 77 23 17 40 14
2000–01 New York Rangers NHL 82 10 16 26 77
2001–02 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 17 14 31 51 12 3 1 4 6
2002–03 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 9 9 18 32
NHL totals 1152 329 287 616 1224 125 38 27 65 119

Transactions[edit]

  • 2001: Traded by the New York Rangers with future considerations to the San Jose Sharks for Mikael Samuelsson.

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Preceded by
Dave Poulin
Winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy
1994
Succeeded by
Joe Nieuwendyk
Preceded by
Ken Daneyko
Bill Masterton Trophy winner
2001
Succeeded by
Saku Koivu
Preceded by
Jan Erixon
Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award winner
1991–92 NHL season through
1993–94 NHL season
Succeeded by
Mark Messier
Preceded by
Wayne Gretzky
Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award winner
1998–99 NHL season through
1999–2000 NHL season
Succeeded by
Sandy McCarthy