CC's Wilkie reflects on wild hockey ride

Posted at 11:07 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 01:07:16-04

For better or for worse, every collegiate senior will remember this season.

"Nobody got to end up on top this year," Wilkie said.

A bright spot in a dim year for the Tigers, Colorado College men's hockey senior forward Chris Wilkie made the most of his final campaign.

"Obviously there are always things you feel like you left on the table in terms of helping the team win with the record we had," Wilkie said. "I think it was a good way to end what was an up and down college career but yeah I'm happy about it."

One of the more traveled routes through the National Collegiate Hockey League, the Omaha-native began at North Dakota, where he won a national title, and ended on a bus headed back for a postseason showdown as a member of Colorado College.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a chance to knockoff his former squad was not in the plans this season.

"Never in a million years would you think it would end, not at the end of a game or in a playoff game," Wilkie said. "Would have liked to keep it going and see what happens."

Saving his best for last, Wilkie finished second in the country with 23 goals, a promising prelude to his professional career. Currently, the Ottawa Senators hold his rights but Wilkie says his agent is currently in negotiations and can't go into specifics until a deal is finalized.

"Everyone dreams their whole lives to play hockey as a job and I'm excited for that portion of my career now moving forward," Wilkie said.

As records go, Mike Haviland's team will look ahead to better days. However, for the this talented senior, he'll always look back at a place he called home, and the "A" he'll wear proudly for the rest of his hockey days.

"Just winning the Pikes Peak Trophy both years and the Gold Pan Trophy last year, obviously two things we will be able to look back on and be happy and proud about that we were able to do that for the program," Wilkie said.