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February 19, 2007

Defenseman has presidential ties

Like many employees and students, John Adams has the day off for Presidents Day.

But the Johnstown Chiefs defenseman is different in that he not only is named after a president, but also is a distant relative to both John Adams, the second president of the United States, and John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.

“The second president’s father, (Deacon) John Adams, it was off one of his brothers’ lines,” said Adams, who sat out Johnstown’s 3-2 win over visiting Trenton because of an injury. “I’m John Adams XIII. I don’t put the Roman numeral in my name though.”

President John Adams served from 1797 to 1801 after spending two terms as vice president to George Washington. John Quincy Adams was the first president who was the son of a president. He served from 1825 to 1829.

“My grandmother has all the lineage,” the Chiefs’ Adams said. “When I went to do a report on it in the second grade, she had all the background. It’s so distant. It’s just kind of neat to do a report on it and mention that off in the distance, you’re somewhat related.”

And how did that report turn out?

“That was an A-plus. You better believe it,” Adams said. “That was refrigerator material.”

Adams hopes to be back in the lineup when the Chiefs visit Wheeling on Friday.

“I pulled my groin in Cincinnati and our trainer, Rodney Bogart, thought it best to give it the week off so it’s not a recurring injury throughout the season,” said Adams, who has two goals and 13 points in 26 games. “We’ve got the whole week off. It’s important that, down the stretch, I’ll be back to full strength.”

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