Craig Adams '99 Lifts Stanley Cup for Second Time
Former Harvard forward Craig Adams ’99 became the first
Crimson alum to win two Stanley Cups Friday night, helping the
Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the host Detroit Red Wings to win the
championship of the National Hockey League.
Pittsburgh defeated Detroit, 2-1, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at Joe Louis Arena. The home team had won each game in the series before the Penguins scored two second-period goals and held off an attempted rally by the Red Wings. Adams logged 11 minutes, 38 seconds of ice time and one shot on goal.
When Adams won the Cup as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, he became the second former Harvard player to win it and the first in 77 years. George Owen `28 also had his name etched on the Cup after helping the Boston Bruins win it in 1929.
Adams played in all 24 of Pittsburgh’s playoff games. He scored three goals—one more than he did in the regular season—and added a pair of assists. He scored in the Penguins’ Game 7 win against Washington in the Eastern Conference semifinals and found the net in back-to-back games against Carolina in the conference final. He added an assist in Game 3 against the Hurricanes for the first multi-point playoff game of his career.
Adams was also a key cog in the Penguins’ penalty kill, which spoiled 83.3 percent of opponents’ power plays in the playoffs. He ranked second among the team’s forwards with an average of more than two minutes of shorthanded ice time per game.
The Penguins acquired Adams off waivers from Chicago March, and he played in nine games down the stretch of the regular season after suiting up in 36 games for the Blackhawks. He totaled two goals and five assists for seven points. Adams has played in 507 NHL games, amassing 90 points on 37 goals and 53 assists.
Adams played in 109 games for the Crimson from 1995 to ’99. He scored 29 goals with 33 assists for 62 career points.