Jack Adams

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Hockey Hall of Fame , 1959
Jack Adams
Date of birth June 14, 1895
place of birth Fort William , Ontario , Canada
date of death May 1, 1968
Place of death Detroit , Michigan , USA
size 175 cm
Weight 79 kg
position center
Shot hand Right
Career stations
1917-1919 Toronto Arenas
1919-1922 Vancouver Millionaires
1922-1926 Toronto St. Patricks
1926-1927 Ottawa Senators

John James "Jack" Adams (born June 14, 1895 in Fort William , Ontario ; † May 1, 1968 in Detroit , Michigan , USA ) was a Canadian ice hockey player , coach and manager who worked for the Toronto Arenas from 1918 to 1927 , Toronto St. Patricks and Ottawa Senators played in the National Hockey League . He is the only one whose name has been engraved on the Stanley Cup as a player, coach and manager .



After playing in amateur leagues for a few years, the Toronto Arenas signed the then 22-year-old Adams for eight games in the first NHL season . There he won his first Stanley Cup . After another season he moved for three years to the Vancouver Millionaires in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association . Here he promoted the puck into his own goal in the last game of the 1920/21 season. The referee named Adams as the goalscorer, making him the only ice hockey player in history to be officially awarded an own goal. In the following season he won the PCHA top scorer title. After he lost the final series of the Stanley Cup for the second time in a row with the Millionaires in 1922 , he returned to the reigning cup winner in Toronto, where the team had now been renamed Toronto St. Patricks . After four years in Toronto, he joined the Ottawa Senators . As in his first NHL season, he won the Stanley Cup again in his final season as a player in 1927.

Trainer and manager

NHL President Frank Calder advised Adams to take on the Detroit Cougars , a new team that did poorly in their first season, as coach and general manager. The team was first renamed the Falcons and Detroit Red Wings in 1932 . He managed to build a powerful team and in 1934 he led his team for the first time in the finals of the Stanley Cup. There his team lost to the Chicago Black Hawks , but in the 1935/36 season he brought the Stanley Cup to Detroit for the first time. The following year, the Red Wings were able to defend the title. After a few less successful years, he led his wings back into the finals in 1941, but they lost both this year and the next. Only in the third attempt in a row could the Red Wings win their third Stanley Cup in 1943. After another defeat in the final in 1945, he gave up his post behind the Red Wings gang, behind which he had stood for 20 years, to Tommy Ivan in 1947 . He remained active as general manager until 1962. During this time he established a very successful talent search and extensive farm team system. During this time there were four more Stanley Cup victories between 1950 and 1955. During these years he had the greatest joy in Gordie Howe , whom he had discovered, hired and developed into a star, but later stars such as Ted Lindsay , Terry Sawchuk , Alex Delvecchio and Red Kelly were among the numerous discoveries by Jack Adams.


Jack Adams was honored with induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1959 . In 1963 he founded the Central Hockey League and was president of the league until his death in 1968. Since 1974 the NHL has honored the best coach of a season with the Jack Adams Award named after him .

NHL statistics

Seasons Games Gates Assists Points Penalty minutes
Regular season 6th 173 82 29 111 307
Playoffs 1 6th 0 0 0 0

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