An adopted Windsorite, Mr. Graves is well known for being an excellent hockey player. He is also known for being an even better person, having donated countless hours and using his fame to help others.
Born in Toronto on April 24th 1968, he is a two time Stanley Cup Winner, a 50 goal scorer in the NHL, and a widely respected humanitarian.
Mr. Graves first came to Windsor to join the Spitfires hockey club, where he had an all time great career. Among his accomplishments as a Spitfire were a 100 point season, and leading the team to the Memorial Cup tournament for the 1986-87 season. His highly skilled and very tough play with Windsor led to him being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings, and eventually led to his number 9 being retired by the Spitfires – one of only 6 who have received this honour from the club.
Although he started with the Wings, Mr. Graves was then moved to the Edmonton Oilers. It was with the New York Rangers that he really made his mark however. His best season in the NHL came in 1993-94, where his 52 goals set a Rangers club record that would stand for over a decade before being bested by the legendary Jaromir Jagr. His productive career as a Ranger allowed him to become third on their all time scoring list, no small feat given they are an original six team.
Adam Graves finished his career with the San Jose sharks, and his hockey prowess will definitely be remembered. While it is hard to overshadow record setting goal scoring, Mr. Graves may have bested his on ice play with his office contributions. A winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in recognition of his charity work, Mr Graves also gave back considerably to Windsor.
The Adam Graves Hockey School (which became the Glen Featherstone hockey school before folding) saw some of the greatest hockey minds and people help youth in Windsor. Adam Graves assembled a truly astounding group of people, including current NHL coaches Paul Maurice, Pete DeBoer, as well as a myriad of then current and former NHL players. Adie Knox arena was lucky to host such an impressive school of hockey, and it is unquestionable that this contribution made a major impact on many young Windsorites.
Mr. Graves currently works for the New York Rangers, and continues his off-ice contributions to this day. While he may not have been born here, Adam Graves has left a profound effect on his adopted home town and we have been truly lucky to have such a wonderful person contribute so much for us.
Games Played: 1152
Penalty Minutes: 1224
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Legends of Hockey: Adam Graves http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/SearchPlayer.jsp?player=10556
New York Rangers – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_York_Rangers_records#Most_goals