Golden Griffin Director of Player Development Adam Mair has agreed to join the HARBORCENTER Academy of Hockey staff as a coach, announced by HARBORCENTER Vice President Kevyn Adams on Wednesday. He will continue to work with the Griffs as he transitions into his full-time coaching position at the HARBORCENTER.
“I’m very happy that I’m able to stay involved in the Western New York hockey community,” Mair said. “Buffalo is a place that supported me for over 500 games as a Sabre and this is a great opportunity to continue to show my appreciation. This also allows me to continue to help develop hockey players in the area, which is something that I have started at Canisius. I have learned a lot from the staff about individual and team development and look forward to continuing that at the HARBORCENTER.”
In his first season with the Griffs, Mair helped the team to its first conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013. Among his responsibilities at Canisius, Mair worked directly with the coaches on practice and game evaluation in addition to assisting the staff with individual and team video.
“Adam has been a great addition to our hockey program,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “He is a terrific coach who made a positive transition from playing in the NHL and has a lot of hockey knowledge, expertise and experience. I am confident that he will share with the young players that come through the HARBORCENTER all the many positives that he has to offer.
“This is also another positive step in the relationship with Canisius, Buffalo Sabres and HARBORCENTER and I look forward to continuing to work with Adam – both through Canisius and the HARBORCENTER – as well as Director of Academy of Hockey Kevyn Adams.”
From 1998 to 2011, Mair spent 12 seasons in the NHL as a member of four teams, including the Buffalo Sabres from 2002 to 2010. He appeared in 650 regular-season and postseason NHL games with 122 points, 41 goals and 81 assists, while helping the Sabres to the 2006-07 President’s Trophy.
As a full-time HARBORCENTER Academy of Hockey coach, Mair will be responsible for educating players and coaches both on and off the ice. He will lead clinics and provide specific on-ice instruction in addition to classroom teaching. Mair will also be a part of HARBORCENTER’s coaching outreach, which will provide resources to youth hockey programs across Western New York for the betterment of hockey in the region.
In addition to his experience on the Canisius staff, Mair also brings the benefit of having played for five Jack Adams Award winners during his career (Lindy Ruff, Jacques Lemaire, Bruce Boudreau, Pat Quinn and Dave Tippett).
The defending Atlantic Hockey Champions, Canisius is currently 5-8-1 during the 2013-14 campaign and 4-4-1 in league play. The Griffs are off until Dec. 28 when the team begins play at the Catamount Cup in Vermont with a contest against UMass Lowell.
The Griffs are set to make the HARBORCENTER their home, beginning with the 2014-15 season. The HARBORCENTER is a $172 million multipurpose hockey and entertainment complex that will feature two NHL-size rinks, including a 1,800-seat arena where Canisius will serve as the primary tenant.