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2015-09-02 / Front Page

Golf outing to honor hometown NHL-er Adams


Adams Adams The Clarence Chamber of Commerce will host its annual golf outing on Monday, Sept. 14, at Brookfield Country Club, 5120 Shimerville Road. This year, the Chamber will honor Clarence native and former National Hockey League player Kevyn Adams as its Sportsman of the Year.

Adams, who currently serves as vice president and director of the Academy of Hockey at Harbor- Center in downtown Buffalo, was notified a few weeks ago of the award by Chamber President Judy Sirianni. He said he was very touched by the acknowledgement.

“It means a lot having grown up in Clarence and gone to Clarence schools and then a few years ago returning and moving back to Clarence with my family,” Adams said. “It was quite an honor.”

Since retiring from the NHL, Adams has served as a player agent and as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres. He said his new role at the Academy of Hockey has been a rewarding experience in his professional career.

“To go from playing and coaching in the NHL to this, where Buffalo is evolving as both a city and as a center for hockey has been great,” he said. “I just feel very fortunate to know the Pegula family and that they care about this city and hockey in general.”

At the Academy of Hockey, Adams works to develop players of all ages with programming designed to help them achieve the ultimate goal of making the NHL.

“It’s becoming a destination for players and coaches from around the world to spend their time learning and playing,” he said.

This is the third year that the Chamber is honoring a sportsman of the year. The first was former Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff in 2013. Late Sabres French Connection member Rick Martin was honored last year.

Chamber President Judy Sirianni said she is excited to be honoring a Clarence native with the prize for the first time.

“This time we’re honoring a hometown man,” Sirianni said. “He graduated from Clarence High School and then went on to play professional hockey. It’s neat this year that we’re honoring him.”

An avid golfer, Adams said he is looking forward to hitting the links at Brookfield later this month. More than 120 players participated in the event last year.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun scramble start. A cocktail hour and sit-down dinner will follow along with the 2015 Sportsman of the Year presentation.

The cost to participate is $190 per person. A group of four is $720. A portion of Golf Classic proceeds will be donated to Kevyn Adams’ charity of choice, Kevin Guest House, the nation’s first hospital hospitality house.

Online registration forms can be found at www.clarence.org. For more information, contact the Chamber at 631-3888.

email: sjagord@beenews.com

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