Adam Goodsir Named NAHL Rookie of the Year
Thursday, 04.28.2016 / 2:58 pm CT
By Alex von Keudell
Wildcats center Adam Goodsir has been named the North American Hockey League Rookie of the Year, the league announced Thursday.
When the Wildcats’ youngest player dressed for what would be his first-ever game as a Wichita Falls Wildcat, he was just 16 years old. On September 11th of 2015, the Wildcats kicked off their record-setting season in Topeka against the team which had eliminated them from the playoffs five months prior.
Nobody knew it at the time, but opening night was a microcosm of the season yet to come for Adam Goodsir. He scored a big goal standing right in front of the RoadRunner net, and delivered a bone-rattling hit on veteran Runner Yu Hikosaka which would result in a penalty. He would continue doing both of those things with aplomb for the remainder of the season, leading the Wildcats in both goals (28) and penalty minutes (93).
Listed at 6’2” and 180 pounds, Goodsir has become a unique blend of power forward and sniper. His feistiness is well-documented; he can almost always be found battling for positioning near the net-mouth or exchanging pleasantries with opponents after whistles. What has allowed him to be so successful over the season has been a combination of his grit and his skill. Most players his size do not have the hands he does, and most players with his grit do not have the goal-scoring touch he does. A third contributing factor to his success–according to Coach LaFontaine–has been his character.
“Very rarely does a first-year player make an impact such as Adam Goodsir has done this year,” Wildcats Head Coach John LaFontaine said. “His character and selfless attitude have penetrated all areas of our organization. We are extremely excited for him to continue to develop into a very strong college player.”
The Okemos, Michigan native was drafted by the Tri-City Storm of the USHL in 2014 and will likely have the opportunity to play for them next season before heading to Denver for the 2017-18 campaign. Speculation has arisen as to whether Goodsir will opt to play Tier 1 junior hockey or remain a Wildcat next season. Wichita Falls fans can hope, but Goodsir will ultimately have to decide which program will best prepare him for college hockey.
Goodsir ranked second among all NAHL rookies in goals this season with 28, trailing only Reggie Lutz of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs (29). He’s also scored more goals in a single campaign than any one Wildcat since Brian Sheehan in 2010. He scored his first playoff goal as a Wildcat in Game 3 in Odessa last Friday.