|PAUL ADEY (Top Nev's site 97/98, middle Mike Smith PLS 96, lower Panthershots 2001)|
|Date Of Birth:- 28th Aug 63 . Place Of Birth:- Montreal. Height:- 5ft 10in. Weight:- 13st 3lb.|
|Position:- Centre / Right Wing|
|Previous Teams:- Hull Olympics (QMJHL), Shawinigan Cataracts (QMJHL), Fort Wayne Comets (IHL), Peoria Rivermen (IHL) & Briancon (France)|
|Paul joined Panthers as a replacement
in a season in which Coach Alex Dampier had decided to go with one import forward. He made
his debut on the 8th of October 88, in an 8-4 home loss to the Whitley
Warriors. Paul collected 0+3 from that game. The next night he notched his first goal in
an 8-1 win at Streatham Redskins, as Paul collected 2+2. He went on to amass 171 points in
a mere 40 games, culminating in the British Championship victory over Ayr Bruins. His
playing honours with Panthers include:- British Championship winners 88/89 and Autumn Cup
wins in 91/92, 94/95 and 96/97.
He finally called it a day with Panthers after 98/99 season and went to Italy to play for Milan. His parting comments were "Nottingham is my second home and I was hoping to stay long enough to play in the new arena. I'd basically agreed to take a third cut in wages, but I wanted a two year deal and the club would only go to one. It's breaking my heart to leave after all this time, but at least I can go with my head held high". He left having amassed a points total which I confidently predict will never be bettered.
He iced briefly for the Steelers in 2000/01 before his return to Canada and subsequent retirement from playing.
Toward the end of May in 2001 it was announced that Paul would be returning to Nottingham in the role of non playing joint coach with Alex Dampire. At the end of 2002/03 season, Paul's #22 shirt was retired, adding to his club honours.
|At the start of 2003/04 he undertook the role of sole coach and Panthers had a pretty successful season, winning the Challenge Cup and finishing runners up to our old friends from up the road in both the league and play-off championships.|
|Following an horrendous run of results at the NIC from mid season in 2004/05 until then end of the league campaign, Paul was threatened with the axe should Panthers fail to beat the Devils in their final home league encounter. They won 2-0 and his future was safe until the end of the season at least. His seventeen season association with Panthers came to an end when it was announced in June that he would not be being re-signed. His parting comments were; "It's disappointing. But my record over three years speaks for itself. I helped to turn Panthers around and took the team to six successive semi-finals. I'm grateful to have been given the opportunity to coach Panthers. It's a tough job, as the new guy will discover."|