John Adams b. 1946
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
Teams Boston Bruins
Washington Capitals
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born (1946-07-27)July 27, 1946,
Port Arthur, ON, CAN
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro 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 | edit source]

Adams played junior hockey for the Port Arthur North Stars and the Port Arthur Marrs, reaching the 1966-67 Memorial Cup Final with the Marrs.

He signed with the Boston Bruins of the NHL in 1967. 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 backup 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 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 | edit source]

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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