Gus

(Greg ‘Gus’ Adams)

Over at the Canucks official website, there is an interesting story looking back at the confusion that reigned in Vancouver after the Canucks acquired Greg Adams from the Edmonton Oilers in 1988, adding yet another, er, Greg Adams.

I still remember listening to games on CKNW 980, with Jim Robson and Tommy Larscheid trying to distinguish between the two for the (often confused) listeners, calling one ‘Gus’ and the other ‘Greg C’.

Gus (the original Greg Adams, acquired in 1987 along with Kirk McLean from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Patrik Sundstrom) was a gifted finisher and a consistent offensive performer for the Canucks for many years. (Greg C. was much more of a checker/agitator, with a much shorter NHL and Canucks career.)

Gus was also one of my favourite players for the Canucks in the 1980s/early-1990s. Number 8 is fondly remembered by most Canucks fans for his OT goal in game 5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1994 Western Conference Finals, which put the Canucks into the Stanley Cup Finals for only the second time in team history.

My lasting memory of Gus? He always seemed to score the big goals.

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