Kevyn Adams in limbo no more, as he jumps to player-agent role

January, 6, 2009
We have an update for you on one of those veteran NHL "in limbo" players we featured earlier this season.

Kevyn Adams is no longer in limbo. He's hung up the skates and begun his second career -- as a player-agent with O2K Worldwide Management Group.

"I'm very excited," Adams told "I think, as a player, when you're in the transition of being released and no one is phoning, you go to the next step of, 'What else is out there?'"

Player agents Matt Oates and Eustace King of O2K were college hockey teammates with Adams at Miami (Ohio) in the 1990s. When it wasn't looking like the veteran checker was going to be able to continue his playing career this season, Oates and King thought of Adams.

"When they approached me with this idea, it just seemed like such a natural fit with my background," said Adams, who played 607 NHL games, including playoffs, and won a Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006. "I thought a lot about it and thought it was the right next step. I'm thrilled about it."

In his new job, Adams will focus more on helping the firm's young clients.

"There's a million agents out there, but what's really exciting in this opportunity and what I really want to bring is be in charge of player development for the company," Adams said. "That's going to be my niche."

Adams, who last played in Chicago in 2007-08, has decided to relocate his family and be based out of his native Buffalo, N.Y.

"Counting the minors, I've played on nine teams in 13 years," Adams said. "We kind of needed to settle, and for my family's sake, this will be a great thing, where they can get some roots, be comfortable at school and not be worried about moving again."

Over the years, we found Adams to be one of the more cerebral players to deal with. He had an opinion on many matters and stayed away from the cliché answers many NHL players dish out.

Active in NHL Players' Association matters when he was a player, Adams found himself very interested in the business side of the game and was an active voice during the 2004-05 lockout. We're not surprised to see him make this career choice and wish him nothing but the best.

Settling in ...
Lee Stempniak has six weeks under his belt as a Toronto Maple Leaf. The West Seneca, N.Y., native has adjusted to life in a hockey mecca.

"It's been really exciting," Stempniak said Tuesday after the pregame skate at Air Canada Centre. "In St. Louis, they have great fans, probably underrated around the league, but it's just a whole new level in Toronto. I think I learned that my first day when I got off my flight. There were news reporters there.

"I ran into a guy who saw my St. Louis bag and he said, 'Welcome to Toronto.' And then he said something that kind of put a bit of pressure on me. It's all good."

Pierre LeBrun

ESPN Senior Writer


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