Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Adams
Mention the name John Matthew Adams and it's likely to conjure up many more memories of junior hockey successes than what he accomplished as a pro in the NHL. Adams, a stellar goaltender throughout his youth, appeared in four consecutive Memorial Cup tournaments between 1964 and 1967. At 18, Adams joined his hometown Port Arthur North Stars where he backstopped the team for three years. During the 1966 playoffs, he was loaned to the Fort William Canadians. In his final year of junior eligibility in 1966-67, Adams tended goal for the Port Arthur Marrs. Despite playing in the Memorial Cup tournament four years in a row, Adams was never on a Cup winning team.

Adams turned pro in the fall of 1967, signing a contract with the Dayton Gems of the IHL where he remained for two years before taking on the first-string goaltending position with the Oklahoma City Blazers of the CHL. At the age of 26, he finally got his shot at playing in the NHL, and it was with the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, who were going through goaltending woes with the loss of Gerry Cheevers to the WHA. In 14 games with the Bruins, Adams officially posted a 9-3-1 record with a 3.00 goals against average. But the Bruins were in turmoil looking for an adequate replacement for Cheevers. With goalies coming and going, Adams got lost in the shuffle and was overlooked as a potential long-term solution. After a full year in the minors with the San Diego Gulls, Adams had one last chance at the NHL, playing eight games for the Washington Capitals in 1974-75, officially being tagged with seven losses and a 6.90 GAA.

In the late 1970s, Adams moved back to northern Ontario where he became a player/coach with the Thunder Bay Twins.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1963-64 Port Arthur North Stars TBJHL
1963-64 Port Arthur North Stars M-Cup 6 3 3 0 0 4.17
1964-65 Port Arthur North Stars TBJHL 22 13 8 1 0 4.00
1964-65 Port Arthur North Stars M-Cup 5 1 3 0 0 6.00
1965-66 Port Arthur North Stars TBJHL 26 18 6 2 0 3.65
1965-66 Fort William Canadiens M-Cup 11 6 4 0 0 3.14
1966-67 Port Arthur Marrs TBJHL 30 20 8 2 3 3.80 5 4 1 0 0 3.19
1966-67 Port Arthur Marrs M-Cup 19 11 8 0 1 3.67
1967-68 Dayton Gems IHL 45 2 3.46 4 0 5.25
1968-69 Dayton Gems IHL 32 2 2.87 6 1 2.47
1969-70 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 51 18 26 7 5 3.49
1969-70 Boston Bruins NHL
1970-71 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 57 25 22 10 3 3.42 5 1 4 0 0 4.50
1971-72 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 43 15 15 3 2 3.57
1972-73 Boston Bruins NHL 14 9 3 1 1 3.00
1972-73 Boston Braves AHL 23 1 3.31 8 4 4 0 0 4.86
1973-74 San Diego Gulls WHL 69 38 26 4 1 3.27 4 0 4 0 0 4.37
1974-75 Washington Capitals NHL 8 0 7 0 0 6.90
1974-75 Richmond Robins AHL 28 7 13 3 1 4.42
1975-76 Thunder Bay Twins OHA-Sr. 12 3 2.75
1976-77 Thunder Bay Twins TBSHL
1977-78 Thunder Bay Twins TBSHL
1978-79 Thunder Bay Twins CIHL 19 0 3.35
1979-80 Thunder Bay Twins CASH
NHL Totals 22 9 10 1 1 4.32


James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against - IHL) (1969) (shared with Pat Rupp)
CHL First All-Star Team (1972)
Fewest Goals Against - CHL (1972)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1974)
OHA-Sr. Second All-Star Team (1976)
Traded to San Diego (WHL) by Boston to complete transaction that sent Ken Broderick to Boston (March 10, 1973), June 12, 1973. Traded to Washington by San Diego (WHL) for cash, July 10, 1974.