John Adams (ice hockey, born 1946)

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John Adams
Born (1946-07-27) July 27, 1946 (age 68)
Port Arthur, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Boston Bruins
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1967–1976

John Matthew Adams (born July 27, 1946) is a retired professional ice hockey goaltender in the National Hockey League. He was born in Port Arthur, Ontario.

Playing career[edit]

After enjoying great success in the junior ranks with his hometown Port Arthur team - he is one of the only players to appear in four consecutive Memorial Cup tournaments - he signed with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. Assigned to the minor league Dayton Gems of the International Hockey League in 1967, Adams played two seasons with the Gems, winning the leading goaltending award in 1969. In the fall of 1969, he was assigned to the Bruins' leading farm team at the time, the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League, for whom he played for the next two seasons, winning honors as a league first-team all-star in 1972.

During the 1970 playoffs, Adams was recalled to the Bruins as a reserve to back up regular goaltenders Gerry Cheevers and Ed Johnston. He did not play a game, yet the Bruins decided to engrave his name on the Stanley Cup, making him one of the very few players to have his name on the Stanley Cup before playing a NHL game.

Adams would not play his first NHL game for another three seasons. In 1972–73, with Cheevers gone to the World Hockey Association and disruption[clarification needed] in the Boston net, he played fourteen games for the defending champion Bruins while splitting his time with the new Bruins' affiliate Boston Braves of the American Hockey League.

Traded to the minor-league San Diego Gulls of the Western Hockey League the following year, Adams won second-team all-star honors before being sold to the NHL Washington Capitals in 1974. He played only eight games with the Capitals, again splitting the season between the NHL and the minor leagues.

Adams was named a player-coach for the Thunder Bay Twins of the Ontario senior leagues the following year before retiring as a player five seasons later, settling in the Thunder Bay area in retirement. His final position in professional hockey was as an assistant coach for the Thunder Bay Thunder Hawks of the Colonial Hockey League in 1991.

Career statistics[edit]

Season Team Lge GP Min GA EN SO GAA W L T
1968-69 Dayton Gems IHL 32 1900 91 0 0 2.87 0 0 0
1969-70 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 51 3027 176 0 5 3.39 18 26 7
1970-71 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 56 3417 194 1 3 3.41 0 0 0
1971-72 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 43 2168 129 0 2 3.57 0 0 0
1972-73 Boston Bruins NHL 14 780 39 0 1 3.00 9 3 1
1974-75 Washington Capitals NHL 8 400 46 0 0 6.90 0 7 0
1974-75 Richmond Robins AHL 28 1424 105 2 1 4.42 0 0 0

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