Alex Wilkinson of the Army West Point hockey team was named a Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American, announced by the organization on Friday.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.
"I am so proud of Wilky for being named a first team All-American," said head coach Brian Riley. "He represents all that is good about college athletics and plays the game the right way. It's been both an honor and privilege to coach him the last four years. I am looking forward to watching him go on and do great things as an Officer in the U.S. Army.
Named the Atlantic Hockey Association Individual Sportsman of the Year, Wilkinson served as one of the team's alternate captains during his firstie season. Arguably one of Wilkinson's greatest accomplishments is his ability to stay out of the penalty box. After playing in 67 games, the Raleigh, N.C., native recorded just one penalty in the past two seasons and zero during his senior campaign.
Wilkinson was one of seven Cadets to play in all 33 games this year. He scored four goals, two on the power play, and dished out nine assists for 13 points. Wilkinson posted 50 blocks as well. The defenseman finishes his career with 17 goals and 59 assists for 76 points in 132 games played. Wilkinson also had eight power play goals and four game-winners. The firstie graduates with just nine penalties in his four years wearing an Army sweater. Read more.