His mother was a hockey player. His father was a former Division 1 lacrosse goalie. Eamon McAdam chose the middle ground. This year, the former New York Islanders goaltending prospect played a key part in trying to bring a championship to Esbjerg, Denmark.
Although Eamon grew up a Philadelphia Flyers fan like his mother, it was Patrick Roy who truly inspired the young hockey aspirant who was born in Doylestown, Pa. After dipping his toes into the sport with gym and street hockey, Eamon stepped on the ice. He immediately was drawn to tending the nets. He quickly excelled, and, before long, he had outgrown the competition in his local leagues.
At a youth showcase, McAdam’s play became noticed by other coaches, including Rob Badger. The Team Comcast coach informed McAdam that he would have an opening for a goaltender and that McAdam should consider trying out. Although the trip to Pennsauken, N.J., would require more than an hour of travel each time, McAdam’s parents supported him in his pursuit of higher competition. McAdam appreciated the benefits. “Development-wise it was a huge step coming from just local A, double-A stuff,” he said. “That was kind of my first big step into making hockey into something.”
McAdam’s progress with Team Comcast was further aided by his work with Chris Economou. The respected goaltending coach worked with McAdam as he continued to hone his game. His hockey connections also presented some new opportunities. Economou assisted with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. He tipped Waterloo off to this goaltending prospect.