Category Archives: Kevyn Adams
We hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving with your families and didn’t miss us and the Miami RedHawks too much. You guys should have been asking “where are you guys” because we’ve been MIA for a bit. We’re sorry for leaving you hanging, and we’re back at it this week as Miami is already en route to Alaska for a 2 game set in The Last Frontier. For now, here’s what you’ve (we’ve?) missed in the last 2 weeks.
First of all, and most importantly, Miami took 5 more points against the Spartans way back on the 16th and 17th of November. On Friday night, Miami held a 2-0 lead and let MSU tie the game before taking the shootout. It was Miami’s 2nd shootout win in a row and 3rd of the season (Providence, NMU, MSU). In the three shootouts, Miami still has not allowed even one goal, as Ryan McKay has stopped the 2 shots he has seen and Jay Williams has stopped all 4 shootout attempts in his 2 wins. John Doherty played in his first game for Miami, Alex Wideman scored to continue his point streak and Alex Gacek scored his 2nd of the year.
In Saturday’s game, Miami again went up 2-0, but this time played some outstanding defense and Williams posted the shutout. Miami held MSU to 13 shots on the night, with 9 of them coming from 2 players. Freshman Taylor Richart recorded his first career point as he helped Wideman continue his blazing hot scoring streak in the third period. McKenzie recorded his 3rd goal of the season and Jay Williams got his first career shutout.
For the effort on the weekend, Williams took home the CCHA Rookie of the Week award – his first such honor. Jay is the second Miami freshman to win the award (Riley Barber has won it twice), and it’s the 4th weekly award for Miami. He stopped 19 shots and 2 shootout attempts on Friday as well as all 13 shots on Saturday. The wins ran his season record to 6-2-2, while allowing 2.18 goals against and a save percentage of .915. Get to know Jay a little better by reading muredhawks.com’s “In the Crease with Jay Williams.”
Even though Miami didn’t play this past weekend, the top of the CCHA standings is still in the hands of the RedHawks at 16 points. Notre Dame had a weekend series against North Dakota (and split). For now, Miami holds a 1 point lead on the Irish, Ferris State and Ohio State. Alaska is just 2 points behind at 14 and Lake Superior State is in 6th at 12 points. The next 3 weekends have Miami playing three of those teams (at Alaska, Lake State, at Ohio State), so to say they will be an important 3 weeks is an understatement.
Alex Wideman missed three weeks of play with mono, and since his return has been lights out. He now has 4 goals and 3 assists on the season – good enough for 3rd best on the team. He has also scored the shootout clinching goals in each of Miami’s 2 CCHA shootout wins and is looking better and better on the ice every night out.
After the MSU weekend, Miami dropped a spot from #4 to #5 in the polls.
We’ll reserve judgement, but Really, that’s stooooopid. The voters made up for their poor choices last week to bump Miami up 1 spot in this week’s (November 26th) polls, but Denver, who lost AT HOME to Yale and New Hampshire, dropped just 3 spots to #5 behind the Hawks. The PairWise is the important ranking, and we’re still a few weeks away from knowing where Miami really stands compared to the rest of the NCAA.
In addition, Miami’s All-1990’s CCHA team was announced. In the decade where Miami earned its first ever CCHA Championship in the 1992-93 season and gained momentum throughout, this team looks fantastic. Some guys named Kevyn Adams, Brian Savage, Enrico Blasi, Dan Boyle, Bobby Marshall and Mark Michaud made the first team. The second team has forwards Chris Bergeron, Randy Robitaille and Ken House, defensemen Joe Cook and Steve Wilson and goaltender Richard Shulmistra. The only thing I’d change is putting Shulmistra on the first team and Michaud on the second. You can vote for the all-2000s team on muredhawks.com.
And finally, but certainly not least important, Steven Spinell was named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate.
Stay tuned for our Weekend Preview before Miami takes on Alaska at 11:00pm Eastern time on Friday and Saturday nights!
>Well…it’s official. Former Miami captain Kevyn Adams (Class of 1996) has officially closed the book on his NHL career. The Clarence, New York native has accepted a position with 02K Worldwide Management Group, a sports agency company (a company that also employs former Miamians Matt Oates and Eustace King.)
His career took off in the 1999-2000 season, playing 52 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (Adams had only played 6 NHL games with Toronto in previous seasons.) His first full season in the NHL came with the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets in 2000, where he scored two goals, including the game winner, in the Jackets first ever win in franchise history, a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on October 12, 2000.
Adams, a 1993 first round draft choice of the Boston Bruins, is one of two Miami alumni to hoist the Stanley Cup, doing so with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, his best NHL season.
Throughout his NHL career, Adams played 607 games, scoring 61 goals and 79 assists and suited up for Toronto, Columbus, Florida, Carolina, Phoenix, and Chicago. In his final NHL season with the Blackhawks, Adams only saw action in 27 games due to a knee injury, but attempted a comeback during the team’s training camp in preparation for the 2008-2009 season. That comeback was cut short, as Adams was released on the final day of roster cuts.
Congratulations on a great career Kevyn. You’ve done Miami proud.
>Just a couple tidbits for now, as NHL teams are slicing and dicing to make their opening night roster decisions. The Chicago Blackhawks have released Miami alum Kevyn Adams, a free agent invitee to this years training camp. Adams played for the Blackhawks last season and was an unrestricted free agent this past summer and received the invite to Chicago’s camp. Last season, his time was cut short due to a torn knee ligament suffered in November of 2007. Kevyn was reportedly in good shape once again and ready to add a veteran presence to a young Chicago team.
Hopefully, someone will still have some use for the former Redskin captain and he’ll be able to continue his playing career. On the other hand, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him “hang ’em up” either. Best of luck Kevyn.
Onto the big story…Ryan Jones…
The Tennessean is reporting that the Predators have assigned forwards Josh Gratton and possibly Antti Philstrom to Milwaukee of the AHL meaning that remaining forwards Patric Hornqvist, Joel Ward and Ryan Jones have in all likelihood, have made the opening night roster. Here’s a snippet of the article:
Among players still with the team are prospect forwards Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Jones, as well as Ward, who was an offseason signee.
Trotz said it looks like all three players will be on the opening-night roster, with Ward being the biggest surprise of training camp.
And this comes from Brandon Felder at HockeyBuzz:
Ryan Jones is the type of player this team needs. He will go to the net, take the body, essentially be that Scott Hartnell type of player the Preds lacked since Hartnell’s departure to Philly. Some people have stated they weren’t impressed with Jones in pre-season but I for one liked what I saw and felt that he deserves some NHL ice time.
As I said, things are still unofficial at this point. I’ll keep up on the situation and if anything develops this evening, I’ll post it here.
>Just a short update here. I’ve compiled this post of where our Miami alumni are, training camp wise after all the cuts, reassignments, and whatnot.
Los Angeles Kings:
Assigned goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to Manchester of the AHL
Assigned forward Mike Glumac to Hamilton of the AHL
Assigned forward Nino Musitelli to Dayton of the ECHL
– Ryan Jones is still in the hunt for an NHL roster spot in Nashville
– Marty Guerin will be attending the Hartford Wolfpack AHL camp
– Nathan Davis is attending the Rockford IceHogs AHL camp
– Mitch Ganzak is in camp with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL
– Alec Martinez is still in camp with the LA Kings
– Kevyn Adams may indeed be a Chicago Blackhawk on opening night, as he was a free agent invitee. He’s had a solid camp for a veteran player.
>As training camps begin to open for many leagues, here is a running list of former RedHawks who’ll be involved. Obviously, some of the names won’t be a shock, as there are a few “established NHL-ers” here. If you find a name I’ve missed, please contact me.
Mitch Ganzak, Defenseman
(Link to Official Release)
41- Nathan Davis, Center
(Blackhawks Team A Camp Roster)
17- Kevyn Adams, Center
**Adams was a free agent invitee**
(Blackhawks Team C Camp Roster)
Los Angeles Kings:
53- Alec Martinez, Defenseman
36- Jeff Zatkoff, Goaltender
(Kings Training Camp Roster)
98- Mike Glumac, Forward
(Canadiens Training Camp Roster)
28- Ryan Jones, Left Wing
(Predators Training Camp Roster)
New Jersey Devils:
6- Andy Greene, Defenseman
San Jose Sharks:
22- Dan Boyle, Defenseman
(Sharks Training Camp Roster)
Toronto Maple Leafs:
*Joe Cooper, Forward
(Maple Leafs Rookie Training Camp Roster)
Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins:
Nino Musitelli, Forward
(WB/Scranton Training Camp Roster)
*Denotes rookie camp attendee