After studying at Harvard where he played Goaltender on the varsity team, Adams became president of the Canadian American Hockey League farm team, the Boston Tigers, in 1932. Adams was also involved with other sports, as secretary to the National League's Boston Braves.
The Boston native took over the Bruins presidency from his father in 1936. While Adams was president of the Bruins, the team finished first in the NHL American Division from 1937–38 season to the 1940–41 regular season. They won the Stanley Cup in 1939 & 1941. As World War II commenced, he joined the United States Navy as a commander. The teams performance waned over this time, and he was forced to accept a buyout offer from Walter A. Brown, owner of the Boston Garden and the Bruins' landlord. He began taking a more active role in searching for talent later in the 1950s. He conducted long scouting trips across North America, and he became chairman of the board of the Boston Arena and Garden Corporation in 1956.
Adams repurchased the Bruins after Brown's death in 1964. Over the next few years, he brought in such players as Bobby Orr, Wayne Cashman, Dallas Smith, Don Awrey, Don Marcotte, Derek Sanderson and Ed Westfall. He also developed the concept of the sixth attacker and secured the relationship between the AHL Boston Braves due to the AHL's loss of many players to the expanding NHL.
Adams stepped down as president in 1970 replaced by his son Weston Adams Jr. He remained on as Chairman of the Board until his death in 1973. Boston would win 2 more cup in 1970 & 1972.
Weston was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.
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