Mallard's Team of the Week — Team Gus Adams
During the Leafs’ home opener the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise reached back in the hockey archives to honour one of the great netminders in Nelson history, Gus Adams.
The former Nelson Senior Maple Leaf backstop recently passed away at his home on the North Shore.
Adams, whose son Greg was a household name during his NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks, started his career as a rookie in the 1956-57 Western International Hockey League season after playing junior with the Lethbridge Native Sons.
Adams played in 49 games that season for the Maple Leafs and helped the Green and White to the Savage Cup title in 1961.
The Leafs honoured Adams by dressing goalies for the opening ceremonies from every age group in Nelson hockey.
Staff and management at Mallards Source for sports would also like to pay tribute to one of the real characters in Nelson hockey with Team of the Week honours.
The Adams’ goalies includes, in no specific order, Adam Maida, Brayden Pompu, Derrick Te Boekhorst, Curt Doyle, Jarred Martin, Ben Kelsch, Tenzin Mint and Brady Stocks.
Gus Adams is survived by his lovely wife Darlene children Greg, Tracey, Jamie, Jeffery, Gus Jr. and many grandchildren.