Sporting News Profiles:
The Book On...Adam Deadmarsh
Lemieux, who just happens to be walking by, throws in a few words of advice. "Just be like me, and you'll be OK," he says with a laugh at his reputation as one of the league's most hated players.
Deadmarsh is a fast-rising star at power forward in the Lemieux mold, but he has his emotions much more under control than his unpredictable teammate. And 1996 was an incredible ride in which it would have been easy to lose perspective.
In a matter of months
Deadmarsh, who comes from Trail, British Columbia, but holds dual citizenship
(his mother is American, his father Canadian), was part of a Cup champion
with Colorado and a gold medal-winning U.S. team in the World Cup of
Hockey Tournament. And don't downplay his contribution.
"Adam has really responded to the added responsibility, and he's one of the main reasons we've stayed successful without Peter, Joe and Claude," Crawford says.
Deadmarsh is 21, but he
plays with much more maturity. He was the team's second pick in the
first round of the 1993 entry draft. Deadmarsh's ability to play any
of the three forward positions equally well is is what made him so valuable
in the playoffs. He was one of the players whose ability to go to the
net threw Florida goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck off his game in the
finals, leading the Quebec/Colorado franchise to its first Cup championship.
Crawford agrees: "He is truly a power forward, a guy who can beat you with speed, a guy who can beat you with strength."
He also is the only player to have his name corrected on the Stanley Cup (it was engraved Deadmarch). "I guess I've still got something to prove," Deadmarsh says of the mistake.
Players facing Adam know exactly who they're up against.
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