A nice article talking about how Craig’s hard work and dedication have paid off in improving his sports performance where it matters most, on the ice. I’ve been fortune to work with Craig for over three years and his influence on the atmosphere is something that can’t be measured. Though he and RJ Umberger share similar dedication the young athletes don’t get to see first hand the amount of work that RJ puts into his off season dryland ice hockey training. The athletes don’t see the 12+ hours per week plus the time in stretching, massage and therapy sessions, the daily HRV recording, and the constant monitor and attention to sports nutritions. None the less they are both great role models that “put in the work” to have successful NHL careers.
Another Cup fueled Adams’ return to Penguins
By Josh Yohe
Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013, 11:12 a.m.
Updated: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Even as Craig Adams drove home to Boston for the summer Saturday, only one thing was on his mind.
It explains why he signed a two-year deal with thePenguins on Friday even though other teams were interested in his services.
“I think about winning another Stanley Cup every day,” Adams said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to win it twice. Once you get that taste of it, you want it again. It’s all you think about.”
And so, his decision to return ultimately became a simple one.
He signed a deal that will pay him $700,000 annually for the next two seasons.
He said receiving a two-year deal was important and that “it was never a sticking point” with the Penguins.
“It was always our priority to stay in Pittsburgh,” Adams said. “The Penguins had a lot of things to square away first. I understood that. They made it clear that they wanted me back.”
Adams is delighted that, on the same day he signed, another veteran known for defensive reliability returned.
Defenseman Rob Scuderi and Adams were two of the five Penguins skaters on the ice at Joe Louis Arena in the final seconds June 12, 2009, when the Penguins held off the Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup.
Now they will reunite on the Penguins’ penalty-killing unit.
“You can never have enough guys like Rob Scuderi around,” Adams said. “I’ve watched him play in (Los Angeles) the last few years. He keeps getting better.”
Adams acknowledged the loss of left wing Matt Cooke is significant, but he still believes enough depth remains to complement the Penguins’ stars as they attempt to win a championship in 2014.
“It will be different,” Adams said. “But I feel like we have a really good team.”
One thing that won’t be difficult is Adams’ conditioning. He is among the NHL’s fittest players and is not the least bit concerned about performing well for two more seasons.
“I feel great and I don’t mean for that to sound like a cliche,” Adams said. “I feel as good now as I did six, seven years ago. I really do feel good.”
Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @JoshYohe_Trib.