Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Greg Adams
Perseverance alone got Adams to the NHL. Growing up on Vancouver Island, he had only one hockey rink to skate on, and that was nine miles away in Chemainus. He begged every coach at the rink to let him practice with that team, even if it wasn't his age group, to get extra ice time.

Greg's determination paid off. Although undrafted, he was signed by the Flyers as a free agent in 1980, and bounced between the NHL and minors during his first five years of pro. Likely his earliest career highlight was when he was with Hartford and fought Gord Kluzak, one of the tough, new players in the league, three times in a game.

In 1985-86, now with Washington, he played on a line with Alan Haworth and Craig Laughlin and scoring a career-high 56 points. In the summer of 1988 he was involved in a motorcycle accident that required a metal plate and screws to be inserted into his left shoulder, though he made a full recovery and returned to the NHL. His first agent was Brian Burke, and when Burke became GM in Vancouver he acquired Adams from the Caps.

In all, Adams played for seven teams and retired in 1990.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Nanaimo Clippers BCJHL 62 53 60 113 150
1978-79 Victoria Cougars WHL 71 23 31 54 151 14 5 0 5 59
1979-80 Victoria Cougars WHL 71 62 48 110 212 16 9 11 20 71
1980-81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 3 0 3 8 0
1980-81 Maine Mariners AHL 71 19 20 39 158 20 2 3 5 89
1981-82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 33 4 15 19 105 +7
1981-82 Maine Mariners AHL 45 16 21 37 241 4 0 3 3 28
1982-83 Hartford Whalers NHL 79 10 13 23 216 -46
1983-84 Washington Capitals NHL 57 2 6 8 133 +1 1 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Washington Capitals NHL 51 6 12 18 72 +8 5 0 0 0 9
1984-85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 28 9 16 25 58
1985-86 Washington Capitals NHL 78 18 38 56 152 +24 9 1 3 4 27
1986-87 Washington Capitals NHL 67 14 30 44 184 +9 7 1 3 4 38
1987-88 Washington Capitals NHL 78 15 12 27 153 -3 14 0 5 5 58
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 49 4 5 9 82 +1
1988-89 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 4 2 6 35 +2 7 0 0 0 21
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 7 1 3 4 17 -2
1989-90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 28 3 7 10 16 0
NHL Totals 545 84 143 227 1173 43 2 11 13 153


WHL First All-Star Team (1980) Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, September 28, 1979. Traded to Hartford by Philadelphia with Ken Linseman and Philadelphia's 1st (David Jensen) and 3rd (Leif Karlsson) round picks in 1983 NHL Draft for Mark Howe and Hartford's 3rd round pick (Derrick Smith) in 1983 NHL Draft, August 19, 1982. Traded to Washington by Hartford for Torrie Robertson, October 3, 1983. Traded to Edmonton by Washington for the rights to Geoff Courtnall, July 22, 1988. Traded to Vancouver by Edmonton with Doug Smith for John LeBlanc and Vancouver's 5th round pick (Peter White) in 1989 NHL Draft, March 7, 1989. Claimed by Quebec from Vancouver in Waiver Draft, October 2, 1989. Traded to Detroit by Quebec with Robert Picard for Tony McKegney, December 4, 1989.
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