What a year for Wilcox

It’s been quite a year for University of Minnesota sophomore goalie Adam Wilcox. He’s been named the player and goalie of the year in the Big 10. He’s a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and a top five finalist for the inaugural Mike Richter Award, presented to the best goalie in men’s college hockey.

And now he has his team in the NCAA Frozen Four in Philadelphia.

I have had the opportunity work with Adam on several occasions. In 2013, he was a counselor at the Minnesota Hockey Dave Peterson Reebok High Performance Goalie Camp that I run every summer. He did a great job with the kids and have fun in that role. He also participated in that camp when he was a ninth grader in high school.

During his youth hockey days, the Carroll Goalie School was hired to work with Adam and the other goalies in the South St. Paul Youth Hockey Association. I remember him as not being very polished at that stage in his career, but you could tell he was an athlete and quite the competitor who worked hard during the goalie clinics to improve his skills. You could also tell he had the potential to be something special.

It’s been fun to watch Adam develop through the years and I wish him nothing but the best as he continues he career with the Gophers and eventually takes his game to the pro level. He’s a sixth round pick of Tampa Bay.