Sr. | RW | Cobden, Ont.
Key Statistics: The talented winger is a rare Atlantic Hockey transfer, having started his career at Canisius in 2008-09. With the Griffins, he posted six goals and 17 assists as a freshman, notching three power-play goals. He sat out the following season, per NCAA transfer rules, and was back to his old tricks at Robert Morris in 2010-11 – his 28 points ranked third on the Colonials and his 12 goals was second-best. His junior season was truncated when a linesman accidentally clipped him in a Dec. 30 game against Ohio State and Brace missed 10 games. He still managed to lead the team with 14 goals, with six tallies on the power play, and his 23 points ranked third. For his career, Brace has 32 goals, 42 assists and 74 points, with 11 power-play goals. Brace enjoyed a tremendous final year in junior hockey, posting 90 points and 37 goals in 2007-08 for the Pembroke Lumber Kings, adding eight goals and 20 assists in the postseason for the Central Junior Hockey League champs.
What He Does: The 5-foot-10, 183-pound right winger is an exceptional skater with a hard and accurate shot. Brace made a conversion opposite of most hockey players, moving from defense to forward, so head coach Derek Schooley is not afraid to utilize Brace on the blue line when he needs a bit more offense on the ice and, naturally, he plays the point on the power play.
The Bigger Picture: A big knock on Brace – and he full well knows it, Schooley says – is he doesn’t play hard 100 percent of the time. “The one thing he needs to focus on is consistency every shift of every game,’’ his coach said. If he does that, he’s probably going to have a very good season, his coach believes. The summer scouting report says Brace is in excellent shape so that bodes well for his fifth season of college hockey.
Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley on Brace: “Adam could be one of the most-skilled players we’ve had play here at Robert Morris in our eight years. When he gets fired up, he can be difficult to play against. I like Adam, and I hope he has a very good senior year.’’