Craig Adams announces retirement after 14 NHL seasons

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After 14 seasons and 951 NHL games, Craig Adams has announced his retirement.

Via the NHLPA:

“I consider myself very lucky to have been able to live out my dream of playing in the NHL. I would like to thank all the management and coaches who took a chance on me and gave me an opportunity to play a role for their teams. Thank you to the trainers and equipment staff who I had the pleasure of working with along the way, they were always too good to me,” said Craig Adams. “The opportunity to compete with and against the best players in the world every day was an honour that I never took for granted. I am grateful for my teammates and the friendships I have made over the years. Thanks for the good times, the laughs and the memories. I would also like to express my gratitude to the fans across the NHL. Without the fans the winning, and losing, would not mean nearly as much.

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“To my parents and my brother, I appreciate your advice, your sacrifice and your unending support. Finally, I want to thank my wonderful family—my wife, Anne, and our three kids. You have helped me to live my dream and have been there through all the ups and downs. I am so thankful for everything you have given me and that we have been able to share this journey together. I could not have done it without you.”

Following four years at Harvard, Adams was drafted in the ninth round (223rd overall) of the 1996 NHL Draft. Eight picks later, the Hartford Whalers made their final selection before moving to Carolina. 

Adams didn’t suit up for the Hurricanes until the 2000-01 season, and he’d remain there until 2008. It was in Raleigh that the Seria, Brunei-born Adams would win his first Stanley Cup as they beat the Edmonton Oilers in seven games in 2006

A 2008 trade would send Adams to the Chicago Blackhawks for parts of two seasons before he landed in Pittsburgh after being claimed on waivers by the Penguins in March 2009. Three months later he was celebrating his second Cup following a seven-game series over the Detroit Red Wings

According to the NHLPA, Adams is now working with Merrill Lynch’s Pennbrook Group as a financial advisor in Massachusetts. 

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