Kevyn Adams and his family will be headed to Bemus Point within the next month to begin their annual rite of summer at their home on Chautauqua Lake.
Owners of property there for 16 years, Kevyn and his wife Stacey will enroll their kids in camp at Chautauqua Institution and Kevyn, when he has time, will hone his golf game at Moon Brook Country Club.
But the Clarence native and former 11-year National Hockey League veteran has plenty of other things on his to-do list in June, July and August.
Kevyn Adams, seen working with young hockey players, has been the vice president/director of the Academy of Hockey in Buffalo since last October. The former NHL player, who lives in Bemus Point during the summer, was a member of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 when they won the Stanley Cup.
Not surprisingly, they involve the sport he came to love as a child while learning to skate on a frozen pond at his parents' home. From those humble beginnings, Adams climbed the hockey ladder, from youth and junior leagues in Western New York, to Miami (Ohio) University and, ultimately, to a first-round NHL draft pick. His career was highlighted by winning a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and it extended into the coaching ranks where he spent two years as an assistant with the Buffalo Sabres.
And then, last October, another hockey opportunity presented itself to the 39-year-old when he joined the HarborCenter management team in downtown Buffalo. HarborCenter is a hockey-themed, mixed-use development under construction across from the First Niagara Center. Upon completion, the building will contain indoor parking for 750 vehicles, and will feature two indoor ice rinks on the building's seventh floor, one with an 1,800-seat capacity and the other with a 150-seat capacity.
As the vice president/director of the Academy of Hockey, Adams will oversee the operations and direction of the program, which will have a full-time staff of coaches who will lead and support skill-building programs for players and coaches to provide a schedule of on-ice training programs.
"The academy is very unique,'' Adams said recently. "We're going to be developing hockey players from the young all the way to NHL players. This is our job. It's not something we do on the side.
"It's interesting, because I have a big opportunity to impact so many players who were in a similar position I was (growing up),'' he said. "I loved the game and I wanted to get better."
The staff continues to grow and currently includes two more former NHL vets, Martin Biron, the Academy of Hockey's director of goaltending, and Adam Mair, an Academy of Hockey coach.
"As I started with this job,'' Adams said, "the first part was starting to assemble a team of people who I really felt were passionate about developing hockey players. They had to have a passion and resume, and they had to be able to look players in the eye and explain to them, 'Here's how you do things and why.'''
To that end the HarborCenter has a Youth Development Partnership program, which is open to youth hockey organizations in WNY and Southern Ontario. Among those enrolled are the Jamestown Lakers.
"We have the potential to do something special,'' Adams said. "We want to build it from the beginning and impact as many different players at all ages, boys and girls. I don't want to put a limit on it. The sky's the limit to what we can accomplish and the programs we can run.''
If is sounds like Adams is excited about what is happening along the Webster Block in downtown Buffalo, well, he is.
"People are jumping in and seeing the city change before their eyes,'' he said.