Adams, who won national title with Providence in 2015, dies unexpectedly at 27

 (photo: Providence College Athletics)
Mark Adams was part of Providence’s 2015 national championship team (photo: Providence College Athletics).

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

“Our program is heartbroken with the passing of Mark,” PC coach Nate Leaman said in a statement. “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 Draft, Adams appeared in 98 games for the Friars from 2010 to 2015, 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.

Prior to Providence, Adams captained the 2009-10 Chicago Steel (USHL) where he recorded four goals and 10 assists. He also played three seasons at Malden Catholic High (Mass.) from 2006 to 2009.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.