- Scott Barboza, ESPN Staff Writer
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It was a pretty good week or so in the Adams' household.
First, Malden Catholic hockey junior forward Jack Adams gave his commitment to the admissions process at Princeton last week. Then, the following weekend, Adams' older brother Mark (a.k.a. Roo, and a former Lancers skater, himself) and his Providence College teammates punched their ticket to the Frozen Four, which is set for next weekend at the TD Garden.
The younger Adams had his best statistical year with the Lancers in 2014-15, scoring 12 goals and adding seven assists while finishing fourth on the Lancers in points.
Adams is scheduled to join the Tigers for the 2017-18 academic year.
We caught up with the Boxford native to talk about his commitment:
On what other schools he considered: "I had a lot of schools contacting me. There were a few Hockey East schools and a handful of ECACs. It came down to a few schools but the most appropriate thing to do is to keep those names between those schools and my family. I couldn't be happier to be a Princeton Tiger."
On what convinced him of Princeton: "I've been in contact with Princeton for a long time going back to early January. They traveled all the way from New Jersey and watched me play a dozen times, in the snow, on school nights, etc. Coach [Ron] Fogarty, Coach [Brad] Dexter and Coach [Stavros] Paskaris were extremely supportive and talked to me after all my games. Their amazing, quality people to be around and it made my decision to go to Princeton very easy.
"I can't say enough about the school. As soon as I walked on campus I fell in love with the school and knew that was the place for me. Princeton is a family atmosphere. I felt extremely comfortable there. Coach Fogarty, Coach Dexter and Coach Paskaris are the best. They're character guys and understand what I bring to the table to try to help the team win. The history of the program speaks for itself and the academics are the best in the country. We're excited to build something special at Princeton and compete for championships. I couldn't be more blessed and happier with my decision and I can't wait to be a Princeton Tiger."
On how his coaches have aided his development: "My coaches have been great. The coaches at MC, Coach [John] McLean, Coach Phil [Antonelli] and Coach [Pat] Driscoll have been awesome. My three coaches that I give the most credit too is Marco Sanchez, Coach Paul Vincent and my father. Marco has been huge for me. He's texting me every day, telling me to go to sleep early, checking in on my diet, and always pushing me in the weight room. Coach V [Vincent] is so hard on times it almost makes me think: 'Is coach just picking on me now?' Coach Vincent is always working me to the max and is one of the only ones who always believes in me. I can't say enough about him, he's like my second dad. He's the only coach I know who values how you are as a person, more importantly than how you are as a hockey player. And lastly, my dad. My dad cares about me more than anyone I know. My dad and I are working out every morning on the weekends and always trying to get better. He always does what's best for me and I love him very much."
On his brother's influence on his decision: "My brother, Roo, is a huge influence in my life. He's my biggest fan, I'm his biggest fan. He's my best friend and I can't even describe how much he means to me. His biggest advice was to take my time and make the right choice. He went through it all and knows what it takes to make it to the top. I couldn't be more fortunate to have a brother like Roo and I couldn't be more proud of him as well."