Player Profile – Yan Adams
HKFC Hockey Team: Men’s A Team
How long have you been playing, and where did you start: Since I was 10, with Truro Hockey Club in Cornwall, England. We played on a blaze/shale pitch which was even worse than sand-based astros for de-skinning knees and elbows. I really got into the game after moving to the Highlands as a teenager though, and then played in Edinburgh before moving out to Hong Kong in 2010.
What’s been your HKFC hockey highlight: There have been a few, including winning the Premier Division title back in 2012, but I think winning the Perrier Jinah Cup in 2011 is probably my highlight – it was fantastic final where we came from 2-1 down to win 4-2, scoring some brilliant goals to do so.
What’s been your overall hockey career highlight: Playing in the Euro Hockey League on a few occasions was a fantastic experience, but captaining my Lochaber High School team to the Scottish Schools Cup will probably always be my favourite. We were the state school amateurs from the country playing against the reigning big-city private school champs who were overwhelming favourites, and came from behind twice to draw the game 2-2, before going on to win on penalties. I maintain to this day that it had been basketball or American football in the States they’d have made a movie of it by now, probably with Zac Efron cast as myself.
Favourite thing about playing for HKFC: The shortest commute time in the world – I live 2 minutes’ walk from the Club and 95% of our games are at home! That’s versus 4 hour drives to away games in Scotland to find the pitch frozen and match called off…
Tell us something about yourself you don’t think other people would know: I have actually scored goals on my front stick!