posted on: Thursday September 27, 2018
By Jack Belanger ’21
Mark Adams ’15, former Providence College hockey player, passed away unexpectedly on September 17, 2018, at the age of 27. Adams played four seasons with the Friars from 2010-2015, winning the Division I National Championship in 2015.
Before coming to PC, Adams was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the fifth round, 134th pick overall, in the 2009 NHL entry draft.
At PC, he majored in business economics while playing in 98 games for the Friars, including 32 in his senior year where he helped lead the team to the championship.
Adams was a leader on and off the ice as he was dedicated to improving his talent while also forging bonds with his teammates.
Head Coach Nate Leaman said, “He was a great teammate and a special part of our entire community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.”
After he graduated from PC in 2015, Adams signed a contract with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, but retired shortly after due to injuries.
Adam’s death follows that of Drew Brown this past year. Both players were members of the 2015 championship team.
Some of Adams’ former teammates released statements remembering their former teammate and friend. Noel Acciari, who currently plays for the Boston Bruins posted a statement on Instagram, “Heaven has gained another champion. Rest In Peace, Roo.”
Trevor Mingoia, another one of Adams’ teammates from the championship team, posted, “Words can’t describe the horrible feeling of losing an amazing friend and teammate. You were one of the most genuine and loyal friends that someone can ask for. My heart goes out to the Adams family. Rest in Peace Roo, we already miss you.”
Adams has left a profound impact on the PC hockey community and left a legacy of what it meant to be a Friar through his hardwork, passion, and dedication.