Welcome to the our new column, Pittsburgh Huskies Alumni Spotlight, where we will catch up with Huskies players from years past to find out how the Huskies have helped them progress in both hockey and life.
Our first featured alumni is Adam Nelson. Adam played three seasons with the Pittsburgh Huskies, as a standout defenseman. During his playing days with the Huskies, Adam also served as a student coach at the 12U level.
Adam went on to play at the collegiate level, playing on the ACHA Division I club team at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA.
Hi Adam. Can you provide a brief overview of your playing experience with the Pittsburgh Huskies organization?
Sure. I played for the Pittsburgh Huskies for three seasons, at the 16U and 18U levels. Over those four years, we won many of the tournaments we participated in, including winning three in my first year. Along with those tournament victories, our teams made the PAHL playoffs all four season, consistently finishing as one of the top seeds in our division at the end of the regular season.
You went on to play at the collegiate level. Can you tell us a bit about that?
Following my years with the Huskies, I was rewarded with a spot on the Mercyhurst University D1 ACHA organization. Accomplishing this was not even a consideration before I started with the Huskies. I firmly believe that my years with the Huskies helped develop me into a better hockey player on the ice and a better person off it.
What is you most favorite Huskies memory?
At the risk of sounding cliche, my favorite memory in my four years with the Huskies are the friends that I made and all of the coaching staff that I met along the way. There is a winning culture that all of the Huskies teams have that makes it a great organization to play for. Most importantly, they teach you how to win with class and also have fun while doing it. At a younger age, having class may not make sense but after I moved on in my hockey career, I began to realize that having class in everything you do pays off later in life.
What did you learn or take with you from the Huskies that has helped you become both a better player and person?
One of the greatest lessons I learned in my years with the Huskies is to have confidence in everything you do both on and off the ice. Projecting confidence in everyday life will help you accomplish a great deal.
What is one piece of advice you would offer to the current Huskies players?
One piece of advice that I would give to any younger hockey player would be to never settle. If there is something you want, go get it. If you want to take your hockey career to the next level, then never settle for less but you are going to have to work for it and want to work for it. Don’t expect anything to be handed to you in life.
What advice might you give anyone who might be interested in joining the Huskies?
To anyone that is unsure about joining the Huskies organization, it is a professional, well managed, friendly organization and really just an amazing place to play and learn the game of hockey.