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Adams, Weston

Adams, Weston

Weston Adams followed in the footsteps of his famous father, Charles, by excelling as the head of the Boston Bruins. The lifelong association with the "black and gold" began when Adams senior was awarded an NHL franchise on November 1, 1924.

After studying at Harvard, where he played goaltender on the varsity team, Weston took on a substantial role with the Bruins as a Director and became involved with a number of other sports. In 1932 he became president of the Boston Tigers, the Bruins' farm team in the Can-Am Hockey League. His ability to recognize talent was invaluable to the growth of Boston's player development system. Around this time Adams was diversifying his sporting contacts as the travelling secretary of the Boston Braves baseball club in the National League.

The Boston native took over the Boston Bruins' presidency from his father in 1936. He continued to monitor the progress of players with the Tigers and the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League. Under his direction the Bruins finished first in the NHL's American Division four straight years between 1937-38 and 1940-41 and won the Stanley Cup in 1939 and 1941.

Adams was pressed into military service when the United States entered World War II. He attained the rank of naval commander while seeing action in the Pacific. It was well documented that the Bruins' fortunes sagged when Adams relinquished his presidency but remained as a majority stockholder. The team's fortunes sagged over the next few seasons until Adams took on a more proactive role in player procurement. He began scouting throughout North America and became the Bruins' chairman of the board in 1956.

Between 1964 and 1969 Adams put in a second instalment as club president. Of paramount significance was his regaining control of Boston's farm system and the subsequent rebuilding that was necessary. A major component of this rebirth was the fostering of a strong working relationship with strong junior clubs which could develop and supply players. Hap Emms in Niagara Falls, Ontario and Scotty Munro in Estevan, Saskatchewan were the key contacts in this plan. As in his scouting days, Adams logged many hours traveling to small communities across Canada in search of talent. The return of a top-notch scouting and player development system yielded Bobby Orr, Wayne Cashman, Dallas Smith, Don Awrey, Don Marcotte, Derek Sanderson and Eddie Westfall. In 1969, Adams stepped down as club president in favour of his son, Weston Jr. who maintained the high standard set by his father and grandfather. The Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972 and continued to be among the elite of the NHL for another twenty years.

Weston Adams Sr. also influenced the game by suggesting that the goalie be removed late in the game to allow a sixth attacker on to the ice. Early in the 1970's he oversaw the Bruins becoming affiliated with the Boston Braves of the American Hockey League. During this period the AHL desperately sought a close relationship with the NHL clubs since they lost so many players to the expanded league. Once he was satisfied that the working relationship was sound, Adams retired as chairman of the board. He passed away in Boston less than a year after the Bruins won their fifth Stanley Cup.

Weston Adams was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.

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