November 09, 2014
An industrious winger who made the most of his skills, Russ Adam defied the odds and played in the National Hockey League.
The Windsor born center played junior hockey with the Kitchener Rangers in the late 1970s, earning a NHL draft selection by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1980. He was picked 137th overall.
Adam would go onto play with the Leaf's affiliate teams, although he did get a 8 game look-see in 1982-83. He even scored a goal and 2 assists before disappearing to the minor leagues again.
Adam's vagabond hockey career would take him to Germany and to his now-adopted home of Newfoundland, where he starred and coached in the senior leagues. His career even came full circle when the Leafs hosted their top farm team in St. John's and Adam became an assistant coach.