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Union's Adams blows out knee at Red Wings camp

Union's Adams blows out knee at Red Wings camp

Forward was expected to be play a big role heading into junior season with Dutchmen
Union's Adams blows out knee at Red Wings camp
Union's Jack Adams (15) scores in the Dutchmen's 4-1 victory over Army to open the 2018-19 season.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

The quiet of the college hockey offseason was disturbed by a crashing blow for Jack Adams and the Union College men's team last weekend.

Adams, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward from Boxford, Mass., suffered a full tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee, according to a message he posted to his Instagram account Monday.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 2017, Adams was hurt while participating in the Red Wings' NHL Prospects Development Camp. He said on Instagram that he's confident he'll make a full recovery.

"The last few days have been a whirlwind of emotions for my family and I, as I recently received the news no athlete wants to hear. I've completely torn my ACL and MCL in my right knee," Adams said on Instagram.

"While this news is devastating for myself personally, I am not a victim, nor will I allow myself to go through this recovery process with that self-defeating attitude."

Adams was coming off a sophomore season in which he scored 10 goals and had 12 assists for 22 points in 38 games, good for sixth on the team, and the third most among players who are expected to return in 2019-20.

As a freshman, Adams had four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 28 games.

He played his sophomore season in the wake of a family tragedy, after his brother, Mark "Roo" Adams Jr., a member of the 2015 Providence College national championship team, died at the age of 27, less than three weeks before Union was to start the 2018-19 season.

In the season opener against Army at Messa Rink, Jack Adams had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 Union victory.

Among the flood of people who reached out in support of Adams after this injury was New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, and Adams had a message of support for his Dutchmen teammates, who were already going to be hard-pressed to fill the void of nine graduated seniors.

"God has a plan for each and every one of us, and I'm assured that this is just a speed bump along my journey," Adams said on Instagram. "I have all the confidence in my brothers at @unionmhockey this upcoming season, and I can't wait to see what they accomplish.

"As @edelman11 kindly messaged me yesterday [Sunday] morning, the tough times don't last, tough people do.

"God bless, Go U"

AREA SIGNINGS

Two former Dutchmen moved to new NHL organizations during a flurry of signings Monday.

Daniel Carr and Mike Vecchione, both members of the 2014 national championship team at Union, were signed by Nashville and the 2019 Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, respectively.

Carr, the reigning AHL regular-season MVP for the Chicago Wolves, has 15 goals and 20 assists in 100 NHL games, six of which were with Las Vegas this season. He signed a one-way contract worth $700,000.

Vecchione spent the last two seasons with the AHL Lehigh Valley Flyers, scoring 32 goals with 46 assists. Since leaving Union, he's played in just two games in the NHL, with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2016-17. Vecchione signed a two-way contract with St. Louis, which means it's likely he'll spend most of his time with the Blues' AHL affiliate in San Antonio.

Brandon Pirri, who spent one season at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before turning pro, re-signed with the Vegas Golden Knights, getting a two-year deal worth $1.55 million. Pirri spent the majority of last season as Carr's teammate in Chicago, and played in 39 games for Vegas, scoring 12 goals and picking up six assists.

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