The Penguins’ Friday practice at Scotiabank Saddledome was a special session for forward Craig Adams
That isn’t surprising considering Adams was raised in Calgary and even purchased season tickets at the Saddledome to see the Flames play.
“I was a big Flames fan growing up. I watched a lot of games in here,” Adams said. “We had a half share of season tickets. It’s fun to play in here for sure.”
Adams was born in Seria, Brunei on the island of Borneo in the South China Sea where his father was working for Shell at the time. His family moved to Calgary when Adams was 3 years old, and that’s where Craig remained until he left for Harvard University.
|Adams at Friday's practice in the Saddledome |
“I was 3 when I came (to Calgary) and I lived here until I went away to college. I definitely consider it to be my home,” Adams said. “For me I always think of Calgary as my hometown. It’s a great place to grow up and a great place to live. It’s always nice to be back here.”
After the team’s practice, Adams collected some of his local friend’s children and took them around the locker room, introducing them to teammates and giving them the experience of a lifetime. And for Adams it’s a chance to see some of his old friends.
“Some friends bring their kids by,” Adams said. “To have a practice day here is nice to catch up with some people.”
Though Adams, who re-signed with Pittsburgh in the offseason to a two-year contract, has played in the Saddledome now several times through his 10-year NHL career, he still remember his first near miss at playing in the rink.
“I remember my first year (in the league) I got hurt two or three games before we came here,” he said. “That was a pretty big disappointment. I had a bunch of people at the game, but didn’t play. It was disappointing, but luckily I’ve been able to play here a few times since then.”