SCHENECTADY — Union senior Jack Adams, projected to be the leading goal scorer on the men’s hockey team before the season was canceled, made his transfer choice on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-6 forward said he’s headed for Providence College, where his late brother Mark “Roo” Adams Jr. won a national championship as a senior in 2015.
Besides the Providence connection to his brother, Jack Adams gets a strong Union connection, too, as Nate Leaman is the Friars’ head coach. Leaman was the Dutchmen’s head coach from 2003-11 before leaving for the Providence job.
Adams, a sixth-round draft pick by the Detroit Red Wings in 2017, missed his junior season at Union after blowing out his knee during Red Wings prospect development camp in the summer of 2019.
He had four goals and nine assists as a freshman.
Less than three weeks before the start of his sophomore season, his brother Mark died. Adams scored 10 goals with 12 assists in 2018-19, and would’ve been one of the top returning goal scorers last season, but was out for the whole year while rehabbing his knee.
Union canceled the 2020-21 season last Tuesday because of COVID-19 concerns, and Adams quickly entered the NCAA transfer portal with the idea of getting in some semblance of a college hockey season this year.
Providence was supposed to have begun play with a home-and-home against Northeastern on Dec. 4-5, but Northeastern went into a COVID pause for athletic activities on Tuesday. The hockey team won’t play until Dec. 18 at the earliest.
With the Northeastern games postponed, the Friars aren’t scheduled to play until a home-and-home against UMass on Dec. 18-19.