KEVYN ADAMS – Vice President / Director of Academy of Hockey
Kevyn Adams, MBA, who joined the HARBORCENTER management team in October 2013, will oversee the operations and direction of the program which will boast a full-time staff of coaches that will lead and support skill-building programs for players and coaches to provide a slate of rigorous on-ice training programs.
Adams comes to HARBORCENTER from the Buffalo Sabres coaching staff, where he spent the last two years as an assistant coach with the team. Prior to that, Adams worked for two years as the Sabres’ player development coach, working with players on their individual skills through on-ice drills and off-ice video sessions. His coaching experience stems from an 11-year playing career in the NHL, during which he played for six clubs including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks. Originally drafted 25th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Adams helped lead the Hurricanes to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 2005-06.
Before his NHL career, Adams played collegiate hockey at Miami University (Ohio), where he graduated as the school’s third-highest scoring player in team history and was inducted into the RedHawks’ Hall of Fame in 2012. A native of Western New York, Adams played for several local teams including the Niagara Scenics (now Buffalo Junior Sabres) and the Wheatfield Blades.
MARTIN BIRON – Academy of Hockey Director of Goaltending
Martin Biron has been connected to Buffalo for almost 20 years. He was selected by the Sabres in the first round of the 1995 draft and made his debut that same season, at the age of 18. Biron went on to spend parts of nine seasons in blue and gold, and currently ranks fourth in franchise history with 300 games played. Biron posted a 134-115-37 record with the Sabres, with a 2.53 goals against average and .909 save percentage. In 2007, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and led the team to the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals. Following his time in Philadelphia, Biron went on to join the Islanders and Rangers, retiring from the NHL on October 20th of last year, almost 19 years after playing his first NHL game. In all, Biron played in 508 NHL games and compiled a record of 230-191-80.
As the Academy of Hockey’s Director of Goaltending, Biron will work to create an innovative approach to coaching that position. He will help shape and implement all goaltending aspects of the Academy of Hockey. Biron will work to form programs, create specialized instruction plans and drills, and aid in The Academy’s advanced use of video. In addition, he will develop the Academy of Hockey’s goaltending philosophy, and formulate both in-season and offseason goaltending development programs.
ADAM MAIR – Academy of Hockey Coach
Adam Mair made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1999 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and went on to play parts of 12 seasons in the league. From 2002 to 2010, he was a hard hitting forward for the Sabres, and played a significant role in the team’s run to the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals. Mair finished his NHL career in 2011, after 615 games and 114 points. In his seven seasons with the Sabres, Mair played 498 games, scored 105 points, and totaled 701 penalty minutes. He began his transition to coaching with Canisius College, and has spent the last two seasons as Canisius’ director of player development. The program won its first Atlantic Hockey Tournament last season, and very nearly upset top seed Quinnipiac in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
As a full time HARBORCENTER Academy of Hockey coach, Mair will be responsible for educating players and coaches both on and off the ice. He will lead clinics, provide specific on-ice instruction, and compliment it with classroom teaching. Mair will be a big part of HARBORCENTER’s coaching outreach, which will provide resources to youth hockey programs across Western New York for the betterment of hockey in the region. Mair brings the benefit of having played for five Jack Adams Award winners, as NHL coach of the year (Lindy Ruff, Jacques Lemaire, Bruce Boudreau, Pat Quinn, and Dave Tippett).