Adam Wilcox (ice hockey)

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Adam Wilcox
Born (1992-11-26) November 26, 1992 (age 25)
South St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
AHL team
Former teams
Rochester Americans
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 178th overall, 2011
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2015–present

Adam Wilcox (born November 26, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently playing with the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League (AHL). He was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 6th round (178th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Wilcox is cousins with Minnesota Wild goaltender, Alex Stalock. Both Wilcox and Stalock played goaltender for the same high school, South St. Paul.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

In his sophomore year, Wilcox's outstanding play was rewarded when he was selected as the Big Ten Player of the Year and named to the 2013–14 All-Big Ten First Team.[2]

Wilcox tied Kellen Briggs for the most shutouts in school history (13), with six in his final year with the Gophers. He had the two lowest goals against average in team history. Wilcox had a .932 save percentage as a sophomore in 2013-14, which made him a Hobey Baker Award top-10 finalist, and a top-5 finalist for the inaugural Mike Richter Award. The .932 save percentage is the best in team history.[3] Wilcox's 73 career wins are the most among active NCAA goalies and is tied for third all-time at Minnesota with Hobey Baker Award winner Robb Stauber. Wilcox finishes his college career with a 73-26-14 record (.710) while posting 22 or more wins in all three seasons with the Gophers. Wilcox is a three-time all-conference honoree, and he led the school to three-straight conference titles and three-straight NCAA tournament berths, which included a national championship appearance in 2014. In his final season, Wilcox helped the Gophers win the 2015 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament and capture the school's first conference playoff title since 2007.[4]

Professional[edit]

On April 1, 2015, it was announced that Wilcox would forego his senior year as he signed a two-year entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Wilcox will finish out the remainder of the season on an ATO with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.[5]

During his second season with the Crunch in 2016–17, Wilcox was dealt by the Lightning at the trade deadline to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Mike McKenna on March 1, 2017.[6] Assigned to the Springfield Thunderbirds, Wilcox flourished to play out the season in posting 7 wins in 13 games.

On June 26, 2017, Wilcox was not tendered a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent from the Panthers. On July 1, 2017, Wilcox signed as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres.[7] He was called up by the Sabres on March 30, 2018, following injuries to goaltenders Robin Lehner and Linus Ullmark.[8] Wilcox made his NHL debut during the last game of the Sabres season on April 7, coming in to relieve Chad Johnson.[9] He was sent down to the AHL the following day.[9]

As an impending restricted free agent, Wilcox opted to remain within the Sabres organization, agreeing to a one-year AHL contract to continue with the Americans on June 26, 2018.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2010–11 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 24 16 6 1 1420 52 1 2.20 .922 2 1 0 88 1 0 0.68 .973
2011–12 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 9 7 2 0 529 20 2 2.27 .912
2011–12 Tri-City Storm USHL 34 16 17 1 1896 92 1 2.91 .916 2 0 2 115 9 0 4.70 .842
2012–13 U. of Minnesota WCHA 39 25 8 5 2331 11 3 1.88 .921
2013–14 U. of Minnesota B1G 38 26 6 6 2281 75 4 1.97 .932
2014–15 U. of Minnesota B1G 38 22 12 3 2252 91 6 2.42 .912
2014–15 Syracuse Crunch AHL 2 0 2 0 113 6 0 3.18 .875 1 0 0 32 1 0 1.86 .933
2015–16 Syracuse Crunch AHL 27 9 12 8 1455 81 0 3.34 .891
2016–17 Syracuse Crunch AHL 34 18 9 6 1842 88 1 2.87 .895
2016–17 Springfield Thunderbirds AHL 13 7 4 1 713 24 3 2.02 .932
2017–18 Rochester Americans AHL 29 12 7 7 1655 77 0 2.79 .903
2017–18 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 1 0 39 0 0 0.00 1.000
NHL totals 1 0 1 0 39 0 0 0.00 1.000

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
All-WCHA Third Team 2012–13
All-Big Ten First Team 2013–14 [11]
Big Ten Player of the Year 2013–14 [12]
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2013–14
North Star College Cup MVP 2014 [13]
Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South St. Paul home to pair of elite netminders". www.letsplayhockey.com. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  2. ^ Gophers’ Wilcox Earns Big Ten Player Of The Year « CBS Minnesota
  3. ^ Wells, Nathan (April 1, 2015). "Gophers Hockey: Adam Wilcox signs with Tampa Bay Lightning". SB Nation: College Hockey. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  4. ^ University of, Minnesota (April 1, 2015). "Adam Wilcox Signs with Tampa Bay". University of Minnesota. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  5. ^ Alexander, Kyle (April 1, 2015). "Adam Wilcox signs with Tampa Bay Lightning, is already in Syracuse to join Crunch". SB Nation: Raw Charge. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  6. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (March 1, 2017). "Lightning acquire G Mike McKenna from Florida". Tampa Bay Lightning.com. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Sabres sign Wilcox to one-year contract". Buffalo Sabres. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  8. ^ "Sabres recall goalie Adam Wilcox with injuries to Lehner, Ullmark". The Buffalo News. March 30, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "With season over, Sabres send eight back to Amerks". Buffalonews.com. April 8, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "Amerks agree to terms with Wilcox". Rochester Americans. 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  11. ^ "Big Ten Announces Hockey Postseason Honors - BIG TEN CONFERENCE Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on March 18, 2014. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  12. ^ Minnesota’s Wilcox earns Big Ten player, goaltender of the year honors :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online
  13. ^ Gophers Win North Star College Cup - University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Award Created
Big Ten Player of the Year
2013–14
Succeeded by
Jake Hildebrand
Preceded by
Award Created
Big Ten Goaltender of the Year
2013–14
Succeeded by
Jake Hildebrand
Preceded by
Award Created
North Star College Cup MVP
2014
Succeeded by
Michael Bitzer
Preceded by
Mark Zengerle
Big Ten Tournament MOP
2015
Succeeded by
Kyle Connor