Ceebees doing Russ check
Former Leafs assistant considering offer to coach senior team
One of this province’s most respected hockey mentors acknowledged last week he is seriously considering an offer to take on the head coaching job for the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars senior mens’ hockey team.
“ I am thinking about it,” Russ Adam told The Compass last week.
Adam will make a final decision sometime this week.
“I still have a passion for hockey and I enjoy coaching,” said the 50year-old.
The job came open after Ian Moores announced recently he was stepping down (see related story on Page A9). Former pro Adam is originally from Windsor, Ont., but is no stranger to hockey lovers in this province.
He was a player-coach for the St. John’s Caps of the old Newfoundland Senior Hockey League in the late 1980s, and spent five seasons as an assistant with the former St. John’s Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League.
He also reached the top ranks as a player, and was drafted 137th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1980 NHL entry draft. He played eight games with Toronto during the 1982-83 season, scoring a goal and picking up two assists.
He spent several years in the minor leagues before relocating to Newfoundland.
He now runs a hockey school with Andy Sullivan in St. John’s.
Adam’s son, Luke Adam, was drafted 44th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2008, and played 19 games with the NHL club last season.