Dry Ice: Pittsburgh Penguins’ Craig Adams

By Abby DiBenedetto
Photograph by Rob Larson
Art Direction by Jason Solak

Pittsburgh Penguins Craig Adams, WHIRL Magazine

Life during the lockout. The birds are biding their time in different ways, but one Pittsburgh Penguin is putting his passion into a very important cause. Center Craig Adams, along with his wife, Anne, have joined in fundraising and education efforts for The ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter and the UMass ALS Champion Fund, an organization spearheaded by his father-in-law, former Governor of Massachusetts Paul Cellucci, who has ALS.

“I’m lucky enough to be in a position where I can bring attention and awareness to the disease. Because I was not very educated about it before my father-in-law’s diagnosis, I was really struck by seeing how many people are affected by it — it’s not rare,” he says.

Adams, who embraced our concept for a photo shoot filled with dry-ice-induced fog, also spoke openly on being the team representative for the NHL Player’s Association — “I’m the type of person that would rather see and hear it firsthand, than have to rely on somebody else to tell me,” — and shared his feelings on a hockey-free season (so far).

“People always ask me if I’m bored. In terms of the rest of my life, we’re busy as can be with our two kids. It’s been great to be around them and not to be away so many nights. I’m definitely not bored. It can’t go on forever, but for now, we’re making the most of it.”

The ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Downtown. 412.821.3254. cure4als.org.
Pittsburgh Penguins, penguins.nhl.com.
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