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Taking Flight - You Don't Know Jack

Despite major injury, I'll come back a better player and a stronger person

by Jack Adams @J_Danglefest2 / Special to

Right wing Jack Adams was drafted by the Red Wings in the sixth round, 162nd overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-5, 204-pound Boston native, is one of four Red Wings prospects writing for our Taking Flight blog series, which chronicles the players' ups and downs as they work their way to becoming Red Wings. Adams just concluded his sophomore year at Union College, which is a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Here is his sixth blog entry of, 'You Don't Know Jack.'


  • You Don't Know Jack - Entry 6

    by Jack Adams

I was having such a good camp and having so much fun. I was confident and pleased with how my meetings and games went, and I was looking forward to getting home and starting my summer training. Then …

Human beings often abide by the "Not-Me" syndrome, meaning we often feel immune to struggle, adversity, pain and injury. Personally, this year has been full of mixed emotions, and sadly, this past weekend, I received the news that no athlete ever wants to hear.

"Jack, you've fully torn your ACL and your MCL, and you'll need surgery in the near future." Instantly, my dad and I started laughing. Another thing to deal with, seriously? I was filled with anger, tears, and thoughts you don't want to think about for the remainder of the day and the flight home. And honestly, what was most difficult for me was seeing seeing my dad by my side, devastated.

I'm sitting outside on my deck, writing to you all, relaying a simple message: I am not a victim, nor will I approach my recovery process with that self-defeating attitude.

As human beings, we have choices when we're faced with hardship. We can sulk, feel sorry for ourselves, and quit. Yet, what does that accomplish? Instead, we can attack each day with the mindset to improve, no matter what the circumstances are. This might sound minor, but all I'm focusing on now is walking again. One step at a time, one day at a time.

I have so much confidence and faith in my teammates at Union College for this upcoming season, and with the work ethic and family culture we have implemented into the program, big things could potentially lie ahead for the Dutchmen. I'm going to stay out of the way but be my teammates' biggest fan throughout the season.

With my faith, family, friends, teammates and assistance from the Red Wings organization, my trainer Marco Sanchez and the amazing doctors in Boston, I'm confident that I will make a full recovery as fast as I can.

The messages and prayers I have received the past few days are truly humbling. From the bottom of my heart, my family and I thank you. God has a plan for each and every one of us, and I know this is just a speed bump along my journey.

One of my role models, Julian Edelman, messaged me: "Stick to the process, tough times don't last, tough people do."

Enough said. Go U, Go Wings!


In 38 games last season with the Dutchmen, Adams finished with 22 points, notching 10 goals and doling out 12 assists. He tallied two game winning goals and his plus-13 was second best on his team.

As a collegian, Adams has played in 66 games for Union and has recorded 35 points, with 14 goals and 21 assists. He is a career plus-14.

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