In Law and Life, Adamus Using Lessons Learned at U of S
Brian Swane, Special to Canada West
Ask Trent Adamus about his top memory playing hockey at the
University of Saskatchewan, and it’s probably not what your rst
guess would be.
In fact, it’s much more likely what your last guess would be.
Considered one of the greatest game in U SPORTS history, the
2004 University Cup championship between the U of S Huskies
and the Alberta Golden Bears checked all the boxes: a suddendeath
winner-take-all scenario; a meeting of two erce rivals; an
electric record-setting crowd; an arena steeped in history; and a
spectacular comeback with a dramatic nish that has become a
moment frozen in time.
Except Adamus and his teammates were on the wrong side of it.
The Bears rallied from a two-goal defect in the third period,
scoring the tying goal with just 23 seconds remaining, and
then won the game in overtime, sending the 10,331 fans at
Edmonton’s Rexall Place into a frenzy.
“Losing in the championship game the way that we did was
very tough,” says the Saskatoon native who suited up for his
hometown Huskies from 2004 to 2009, “but it was still a great
experience to play the championship game in front of 10,000
people in my rookie year with the Huskies.”
Such is the beauty of Canada West hockey, where life’s experience
transcend the games’ result. Over ve seasons on the U of
S men’s hockey team, winning a conference title in 2007,
Adamus enjoyed moments unforgettable as much as he did
All that he gleaned from that University Cup nal and every
other game he played with the Huskies, not to mention countless
practices and long hours riding the bus with his cohorts, shape
who Adamus is today: a lawyer at Saskatoon rm Leland
“One thing the Huskies program, hockey, and sports in general
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will teach you is work ethic and dedication, so that has assisted
me to proceed with completing a law degree and pursuing a
legal career,” the 34-year-old says.
“During my time with the Huskies, we were part of a group and
an organization with certain goals that we worked together
to obtain, and that’s similar in the law o ce here at Leland
Kimpinski,” says Adamus, whose specialties include business and
corporate law. “We have a good group of lawyers as well as sta ,
we have the same goals, and we work together to obtain certain
goals within the o ce.”
Adamus enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan after playing
four seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Saskatoon
Blades. For every season in the WHL, a player is entitled to a
minimum of tuition, books and compulsory fees at any postsecondary
“A part of my decision to attend university de nitely was that
the WHL scholarship would be assisting me throughout my time
with the Huskies,” he says.
“It de nitely helps to not have to worry about paying for tuition
at the same time as going to school and playing for the Huskies.
It gave me lots of opportunity to focus on hockey as well as
In 245 career regular season games with the Blades, Adamus
totaled 94 points and 257 penalty minutes, and rarely missed
a game in his rst three years. He registered 103 points in 152
games at the U of S, including a career-high 33 in 2005-06 when
he was third on the Huskies with 17 goals.
“When I rst started with the Blades I was in a checking
and a hard-working role and it evolved a bit during junior
hockey,” he says. “When I started playing with the University of
Saskatchewan I was provided with a lot of opportunity to play
on the power play as well as the penalty kill. I was able to get
a lot of ice time when I played with the Huskies and it was very
enjoyable to be able to do that.”