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John Adams: Washington Capitals A To Z

Yesterday, you were all introduced to current owner of several Tim Horton’s restaurants, Greg Adams. Today, let me introduce you to the first goalie alphabetically who has ever played for the Washington Capitals: John Adams. Here’s a picture of him in uniform.

John Adams’s Washington Capitals Career

John Adams had a very short career with the Washington Capitals, though he did wear two separate numbers during his tenure: 30 and 32. He only played in 8 games and finished his career with the Capitals with some impressively dreadful numbers:

  • Record: 0-7-0
  • GAA: 6.90

His stats are excusable because he played for the worst Washington Capitals team ever, and one might argue the worst NHL team over the past 40 years: the 1974-1975 Capitals. He was acquired from the San Diego Gulls of the Western Hockey League for cash.

John Adams’s NHL Career

Before joining the San Diego Gulls, John Adams played for the Boston Bruins. In 14 games with the Bruins, Adams finished with a 9-3-1 record with a GAA of 3.00. Interesting tidbit: Adams is one of the very few players to have his name engraved on a Stanley Cup trophy before playing in an NHL game. His name was engraved on Lord Stanley’s cup after the 1969-1970 Bruins won the Stanley Cup.

John Adams’s Post-NHL Career

After his NHL career ended (the Capitals were his last team), he joined the Thunder Bay Twins and played 31 games with them over two seasons. His last position held in professional hockey was as an assistant coach for the Thunder Bay Thunder Cats.

John Adams, you were treated quite unfairly by a team whose defense makes last year’s Capitals look like Bobby Orr. For that, we salute you.

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