Ceebees do­ing Russ check

For­mer Leafs as­sis­tant con­sid­er­ing of­fer to coach se­nior team

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS

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.

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