Adam began his hockey career in his hometown Madison, WI playing for the University of Wisconsin from 2002-2006. His first season as a Badger, Adam was drafted in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Adam was named captain of the Badgers his junior and senior years and led the Badgers to the program’s first NCAA championship in 20 years in 2006. Adam was also named to the NCAA (Championship) All-Tournament Team. Adam attended school with his sister Nikki, who played for the University of Wisconsin Women’s Ice Hockey team.
Following his impressive hockey career at Wisconsin, Adam signed with the Chicago Blackhawks and made his NHL debut in 2006, splitting time between the Blackhawks and AHL Norfolk Admirals. In 2007, he represented the United States at the World Championships following the conclusion of the Blackhawks season. Adam was a fan favorite with the Blackhawks. His hard play and tenacity made him one of the league’s most respected players. In 2009, Adam won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks, the franchise’s first championship in nearly 50 years.
In 2010, Adam signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Stars, where he had two very productive seasons. For the 2012-13 season, Adam signed with the San Jose Sharks reuniting him with University of Wisconsin teammate Joe Pavelski.
Adam retired from professional hockey in 2016 and now resides in Madison, Wisconsin.