Growing up in Port Arthur this future NHL'er went on to enjoy success in hockey's minor, amateur and professional ranks contributing to the game from the 1950s to the present day. Finding his spot between the pipes, he became one of the region's top goaltenders. A multi-talented athlete, he competed in high school athletics and was also a stand out on local baseball diamonds, playing little league, fastball and senior baseball.

 

A top junior player he competed in four consecutive Memorial Cup tournaments between 1964 and 1967, including two with the Port Arthur North Stars, one as a pick up with the Fort William Canadiens and one with the 1967 Western Canadian junior champion Port Arthur Marrs.

 

Turning pro in 1967, he signed a contract with the Boston Bruins IHL affiliate, the Dayton Gems. Helping lead the team to their first league title in 1968-69, he was a co-winner of the IHL James Norris Memorial Trophy for fewest goals against throughout the season. Taking on the first string goaltender duties with the Bruins CHL farm team, the Oklahoma City Blazers, and leading the league with 5 shut outs for the 1969-70 season, he was called up on reserve for the Bruins as they made their run for the Stanley Cup. While not called upon to play in a game, the Bruins included him in their 1970 Stanley Cup victory and engraved his name on the Stanley Cup.

 

Returning to the Blazers he was selected a 1971-72 CHL 1st Team All-Star and voted the leagues top goalie. Splitting the 1972-73 season between the AHL Boston Braves and the Bruins, he played in 14 regular season NHL games, posting a record of 9 wins, 3 losses and a tie, which included a shut-out in only his second NHL game. Traded to the San Diego Gulls of the Western Hockey League the following season he was selected a WHL Second All-Star team member. Returning to the NHL with the Washington Capitals he added eight more games to his NHL record, finishing off the 1974-75 season with the Richmond Robins of the AHL before retiring from the pro ranks.

 

Upon his return to Thunder Bay he lent his goaltending talents to the Thunder Bay Twins. Over the years he served as a goalie coach for various local teams, and as a local talent recruitment advisor for Bobby Orr's player agency company, advising him on the young talent that is carrying on the strong hockey tradition that he helped establish years before.

 

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 27th, 2014


John Adams

Inducted: 
2014
Sport:
Hockey
Community:
Port Arthur/Thunder Bay
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