Adam Chapman is currently a third-year forward on the Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team with an extensive past and a bright future. Prior to joining the Ravens, Chapman’s hockey career dates back to the 2009-10 season when he played in the Greater Toronto Minor Midget Hockey League (GTMMHL).
“My mom started me in hockey, actually, when I was about three or four. She started getting me skating and I think I started registered hockey when I was four, so I’ve been playing my whole life,” Chapman said about his start in hockey.
Prior to his stint at Carleton, Chapman has played for the Gatineau Olympiques and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), as well as for the Valley Wildcats of the Maritime Junior Hockey League (MJAHL), the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL, and the Brampton Beast of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
While a part of the Gatineau Olympiques, Chapman played in 129 career games while recording 36 goals and 55 assists for 91 points.
“I loved Gatineau. Gatineau is a fun place to be, the crowd is always pumped up and there’s an old arena with a lot of history so it was always fun to play there,” Chapman said.
Following the 2013-14 season, Chapman jumped teams multiple times as he went from the Valley Wildcats, and then from the Wildcats to Drummondville, and later from Drummondille to Brampton.
“That’s one of the things that comes with hockey, obviously it was tough at the time, but the year worked out well,” Chapman said.
“It was nice to finish in the east coast and play some pro and get my first pro goal and stuff, so over all, I had a good year.”
Like many of his teammates, Chapman has dealt with many challenges and adversities in his hockey career. One of these challenges has been the wrist injury he has been dealing with, which resulted in him having wrist surgery in June of 2018
“I’m starting to feel a lot better now, but at the beginning of the year it felt like I was a bit behind, just wasn’t able to be on the ice and stick handling and stuff this summer, so hopefully I keep going up from here,” Chapman said.
While he has faced challenges that have set him back on his path to success, Chapman has also grown on and off the ice to get him to the person he is today, and because of that, he feels he’s been able to stay true to himself.
“I think as a player I’ve tried to stay true to myself and depending on what kind of team I’m on I just adjust my play to that,” Chapman said.
“And then outside of hockey, I’ve done my own business and I do the social media for Carleton, so I’ve been making sure to expand outside of that and take the most of the opportunity and the people that are here,” he added.
Chapman eventually joined the Ravens for the 2016-17 season and has been on the team for the past three seasons while also delving into the Commerce program at Carleton.
“My buddy David Weckworth. I was good friends with him and he was talking me into it and I wanted to make sure I got my education as well,” Chapman said about what prompted him to come to Carleton.
At the end of the 2016-17 season, Chapman was named to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East All Rookie Team due to his outstanding rookie season in which he put up 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points.
“It’s always nice to be recognized for sure. It was a great first year to have and the team and the staff supported me well, so I was in a position to do well,” Chapman said.
So far while at Carleton, Chapman has played in 76 career games while recording 23 goals and 25 assists for 48 points with many memorable moments.
“It’s been a really great experience, honestly, I wouldn’t be able to pick one. it’s always fun to do the trips at the beginning of the year, but I’d say hanging out with the boys has been a great experience,” Chapman said about his most memorable moment as a Raven.
As a piece of advice to excelling on the team, Chapman has said that the time goes fast and you should relish the experience.
“I think people that are getting on to the Ravens hockey team know what they’re getting into, its all guys that have played Major Junior, OHL, QMJHL, and stuff, so, enjoy it, enjoy the time,” Chapman said.
As for what he’ll miss about being a part of the Ravens when he graduates, Chapman has said that he’ll miss the relationships with the guys he has on the team.
“All of the boys, coming in to the rink everyday in the mornings is always nice, and then, over all, seeing my friends from outside of school and the people that have been there with me since I’ve been there, since I started at Carleton, it’s always going to be weird to take that step,” Chapman said.