Yesterday, I introduced you to the first Washington Capitals player alphabetically, Keith Acton. Today, let me introduce to the next Washington Capitals player alphabetically, Greg Adams! Here’s a link to a picture of Greg in uniform.
Greg Adams’s Washington Capitals Career
Greg Adams was a forward who played five seasons with the Capitals from 1983 to 1988. He was acquired in a trade with the now defunct Hartford Whalers for forward Torrie Robertson. In 331 regular season games with the Capitals, Adams had 153 points (55 goals, 98 assists) and 694 penalty minutes. His best season was his 1985-1986 season, when he scored a career high 56 points (18 goals, 38 assists) with 152 penalty minutes in 78 games. Greg Adams also played in 36 playoff games with the Capitals, scoring 13 points (two goals and 11 assists). He wore number 22 for his entire career as a Washington Capital. Following the 1987-1988 season, Adams was traded to the Edmonton Oilers for the rights to Geoff Courtnall
Greg Adams’s NHL Career
Greg Adams began his NHL career with the Philadelphia Flyers, playing two seasons with them after being signed as a free agent. He played 39 games with them, scoring 22 points. After the 1981-1982 season, Greg Adams was traded to Hartford by Philadelphia with Ken Linseman and Philadelphia’s 1st (David Jensen) and 3rd (Leif Karlsson) round choices in 1983 Entry Draft for Mark Howe and Hartford’s 3rd round choice (Derrick Smith) in 1983 draft. During his one season with the Whalers, he set a career high in penalty minutes (216). He went from the Whalers to the Capitals. After the Capitals traded Greg Adams to the Oilers, he spent a part of one season with them, scoring nine points (four goals, five assists) with 82 penalty minutes in 49 games. In March of 1989, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks with Doug Smith for John LeBlanc and Vancouver’s 5th round choice (Peter White) in 1989 draft. Adams only played 12 games with the Canucks, scoring six points (four goals, two assists) with 35 penalty minutes. The Quebec Nordiques claimed him in the Waiver Draft in 1989. He played just seven games with the Nordiques, scoring four points (one goal, 3 assists) before being traded to the Detroit Red Wings with Robert Picard for Tony McKegney. In 28 games with the Red Wings, Greg Adams scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists) with 16 penalty minutes. He would score his last goal on February 16th, 1990 against the Flyers. In 545 career regular season games, Adams had 227 points (84 goals, 143 assists) and amassed 1173 penalty minutes. He also scored 13 points in 43 career playoff games.
Post NHL Career
Greg Adams is now an owner of several Tim Horton’s franchises. Adams had his best seasons with the Washington Capitals, so here’s to you Greg Adams! Next time you’re in Canada and find yourself in a Tim Horton‘s, ask to see the owner! Who knows, you might just get to meet a former Washington Capital!
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