Craig Adams was born April 26, 1977 in Seria, Brunei. The ninth pick, 223 overall selection of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Adams is a graduate of the ECAC's Harvard Crimson .
A hard-working winger, Adams went on to play four years at Harvard, before making his professional debut in 99-2000 with the IHL's Cincinnati Cyclones. After one full season in Cincinnati honing his skills, Adams went on to make his NHL debut in 2000-01, and spent the majority of the season with the Canes'.
In 2001-02, Adams split his time between Carolina and the AHL's Lowell Lock Monsters, before earning his roster spot with the big club in 2002-03. In his first full season with Carolina, the former Harvard grad went on to play 81 games, while registering 18 points (6-12-18), and over the course of the following season continued his strong play for the club.
Following the lock out season of 2004-05, Adams was acquired by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the summer of 2005 and subsequently was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes just prior to the 2005-06 NHL season. The move proved fortuitous as Craig and the Hurricanes went on to capture the Stanley Cup that season.
In the 2006-07 season, Adams was one of only four Hurricanes to compete in all 82 regular season games. The following season, Adams appeared in 57 games with the club before he was dealt on January 17, 2008. The trade sent Hurricane the veteran to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
In 2008-09, as a member of the champion Pittsburgh Penguins, Adams would once again sip from Lord Stanley's Cup, after the Penguins eliminated the Red Wings in a 7 game battle.