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Former Providence defenseman Mark Adams dies suddenly at 27

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Former Providence defenseman Mark Adams passed away suddenly Monday at the age of 27.

“Our program is heartbroken with the passing of Mark,” Providence coach Nate Leaman said. “He was a great teammate and a special part of our entire community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.”

Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the fifth round (134th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Adams appeared in 98 games for the Friars from 2010-15, totaling two goals and six assists. He appeared in all four NCAA Tournament games as the Friars captured their first-ever national championship in 2015.

A native of Boxford, Mass., Adams captained the 2009-10 Chicago Steel (USHL) before coming to Providence. He also played three seasons at Malden Catholic High (Mass.) from 2006-09 under former Merrimack head coach Chris Serino.

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