Grandson of Tryon native drafted by pro hockey team

Published 4:47 pm Thursday, August 1, 2013

Pro hockey team the NY Islanders in June drafted 18-year-old Eamon McAdam, grandson of Tryon resident Joan C. McAdam.

Eamon McAdam

Eamon McAdam

After years of playing hockey, McAdam on June 3 walked down to meet the announcer and team big wigs. He slipped on the jersey and hat as his parents brimmed with pride.

The son of Joan McAdam’s son Bryan McAdam and her daughter-in-law Hope McAdam, Eamon has played hockey since he was 9.

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From Perkasie, Penn., hockey has been a continued interest of Eamon’s since then. He played on various junior teams until he went to play on the Waterloo, Iowa Blackhawks Team, where he billeted with a local family for three years, and finished high school.

In 2012, things really started to take off for him. In August, he led the Waterloo Blackhawks Team to the Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia and was named best goaltender of the tournament. In September he landed a spot in the inaugural USA Hockey All American Prospects game. In November, he goal tended in a USA Hockey World Junior Challenge Team, earning a 4-0 record and helping the team get the gold medal, defeating Canada. In January 2013, one of his goal saves wound up on ESPN Sportcenter Plays of the Week. In August he begins college at Penn State.

– information submitted by Ray Froehlich