By Darryl G. Smart
It’s an understatement that Adam Brady is excited for his next hockey adventure.
Coming off a brilliant rookie pro season in the ECHL, the 25-year-old forward from Delhi has signed a contract with the Manchester Storm of the Elite Ice Hockey League in England.
“I’m extremely excited to get to Manchester and experience Europe and take advantage of a new opportunity in my hockey career,” Brady said. “The head coach connected with me late in the season and showed a lot of interest and then sent a contract over after the season. It was very intriguing and an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
And Storm head coach Ryan Finnerty is just as excited.
“We really had to fight off the competition to sign Adam – which is always a good signal,” Finnerty said. “His pedigree at such a young age really caught our attention and all the reports I have received back about this guy have been outstanding. He will add something different to our lineup and sees this year as a great opportunity to establish himself on the continent. I made him aware that the number of Elite League guys getting signed in major European leagues is growing annually and there is absolutely no reason why Adam cannot follow in their footsteps.
“I think signing Adam at this point in his career is huge for our franchise and you can expect him to log regular minutes within our Top 6, as his speed and shot are things our fans will definitely begin to admire.”
In his first professional season, Brady scored 17 goals and 19 assists with the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks.
“My first pro season was great for my development,” Brady said. “I played in a lot of different situations and played many games. The season was pretty gruelling with a lot of games in little time but overall I really enjoyed it.”
Wanting to build off that success, Brady continues to train locally, and will have his eye on the EIHL when the schedule is released August 5.