Outlaws Get Their First Win - Knock off Undefeated Eugene
Date: Oct 9, 2016
The Outlaws are once again proud to announce our player biography series and today we introduce you to one of two assistant captains, veteran Adam Shimamoto. Shimamoto comes to Tri-Cities from Thornton, Colorado and is in his third season with the Outlaws. He has a long history of team leadership, having worn the "A" last year for the Outlaws and five of his six years playing youth hockey, as well.
Adam previously played for the Highland Hills Jaguars, where Coach Mike Driscoll taught and fine-tuned Adam's game. He finds some challenges being a smaller player, but that did not stop him from posting an impressive 55 points (24 goals, 31 assists in 40 games) for the Outlaws last season. Adam scored the first goal of the season for the Outlaws against the Ravens last month (short-handed), despite coming off an ankle injury which side-lined him for the first two games of the season.
“Adam has been a great addition to our team ever since we picked him up from the Vancouver Vipers (2014-2015 season). He is constantly working and doesn’t stop. Adam is a team player and is always striving to do more. We are very proud to call him an Outlaw and can’t wait to see what this season has in store for him,” stated Outlaws Owner Jordan Owen.
When Adam is not busy with hockey he spends a lot of time working with the youth league TCAHA (Tri-City Amateur Hockey Association) as his billet family has kids in the association. “Last season I can remember Adam would leave practice with a couple of his teammates and drive twenty minutes over to the youth league practice and continue that for a couple of hours. You don’t get that from anyone and Adam is not only a special player but also a special person.” said Owen. “These players aren’t just here for themselves. They know that these younger kids look up to them and appreciate all the knowledge that they can pass on. That’s what makes this special and humbling all at the same time.”
Adam's favorite part of junior hockey is getting to "live the dream with all the great people from other cities." He studies high school online as a senior with Indiana University High School. He says that junior hockey has taught him how to be responsible, managing school and hockey independently. Adam's ultimate goal is to play college hockey and maybe the pro ranks after that.
You can catch Adam and the Outlaws this Sunday, October 16 at 3:05pm when they take on the visiting Seattle Ravens. This will be the Ravens first trip to the Toyota Arena and the Outlaws look to walk out as the team on top as they were robbed of a game tying, buzzer beater goal in Kent a few weeks back. Tickets are available at the Toyota Center Box Office or at the door.