|Born:||Mar 20, 1977||Draft:||Undrafted|
|Hometown:||Fort St. James, British Columbia||Position:||Left Wing|
|Known For:||AHL Calder Cup Champion (2002)||Shoots:||Left|
|National Team:||Canada||Current Status:||Retired|
Bryan Adams (born March 20, 1977) is a former Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2000-01 season. Undrafted at the NHL level, Adams worked hard with Michigan State University to establish himself as a smart, two-way forward. His defensive-mindedness and skating helped him excel on the penalty kill, making him one of the best players when the team was down a man. His reputation earned him a contract with the Thrashers, who signed him for the 1999-00 season. He made his NHL debut, playing in two games, recording no points and finishing with a minus-1 rating.
While playing with the Orlando Solar Bears in the American Hockey League (AHL), Adams put up respectable numbers and helped the team reach the postseason in his two years with the organization. He received a second stint in the NHL, this time earning nine games, and he recorded the first and only point of his NHL career. The following season, Adams joined the Chicago Wolves and put up the lowest numbers of his AHL run. Despite this, his defensive game aided the Wolves to an AHL Calder Cup Championship, a highlight of his career at that point.
After one more year in the AHL and another decline statistically, Adams chose to test his talents overseas. He signed with the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) and instantly became one of their best players. In 2004, he was named captain of the club, a position he held for two seasons before departing for Kölner Haie. In four seasons with the new club, Adams reached the postseason three times, making it to the Final in 2008 in a losing effort against Eisbären Berlin. After three seasons with EHC München and a steady decrease in ice time and opportunity, Adams retired at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season.
Bryan Adams Statistics
- NCAA (CCHA) Champion (1998)
- NCAA (CCHA) Terry Flanagan Memorial Award (1998)
- IHL Turner Cup Champion (2001)
- AHL Calder Cup Champion (2002)