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Alex Wilkinson

School

U.S. Military Academy

Position
Defense
Major
French
Alex Wilkinson Finalist

Classroom

The United States Military Academy classroom is made up of three pillars to achieve leadership excellence. They are academic, physical, and military. Wilkinson excels across all pillars at the Academy and is recognized by his teammates and the academy‚Äôs leadership for his accomplishments. Academically, Wilkinson majors in French and ranks in the top half of his class (681/1,190), boasting a 3.094 GPA. He has been on Dean’s List all but one semester. This past summer, Wilkinson served as a Platoon Leader for BEAST 1 in charge of 38 new Cadets for summer training.

Character

Wilkinson is the 2019-2020 team captain.

From Head Coach Brian Riley: “Alex Wilkinson has been an asset to our team since coming to West Point, both on and off the ice. It goes without saying that he is one of the best defensemen to come through our program. He has received league recognition for his play in each of his three seasons. He voted to the All-Rookie Team, Team MVP, First Team All-AHA and AHA Best Defensemen. Last season, even though he missed a month due to injury, he was still second in scoring on our team. Alex plays the game the right way and has the utmost respect for his opponents. He has only recorded nine penalties in his three seasons. He is well respected by his coaches and teammates and was voted a captain this season. As a leader, he shows his teammates how to do things the right way every day. He is a great example of what a true leader is.”

Community

Cadets partake in many events that involve the community and exemplify selfless service. In an extremely competitive and grueling academic institution, Wilkinson takes time each summer to volunteer for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, which honors soldiers killed in action and sets up scholarships for their children. Wilkinson and the hockey team are always participating in highway cleanups around West Point and always support young fans at the yearly Skate with the Black Knight events.

Competition

In 2019, Wilkinson had another standout year for Army, recording no penalties in the regular season and only one on the entire year. He ranked second on the Black Knights in assists (22), points (26), and blocks (51). He added four goals this season and is one of two players with over 20 helpers. Alex has netted two power play scores and recorded eight multi-point games. Five of those were multi-assist performances. Alex garnered four blocks on four occasions during his junior season. He was voted 2017-2018 AHA Best Defensemen, AHA First Team-All Conference, and was also a member of the 2016-2017 AHA All-Rookie Team.