Another long time NHL veteran is officially turning the final page on this chapter of his career.
In a statement released via the NHLPA's official website 14 year NHL veteran and two time Stanley Cup Champion Craig Adams has announced the end of his professional hockey career, this after not playing in a single game this season.
“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.
“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.”
While not the most dynamic player, Adams will end his career with over 950 NHL games under his belt, and two Stanley Cup Championships, one with Carolina, and the other with the Penguins, a rather accomplished hockey career by any standard.
We wish Craig all the best in his future endeavors.