BROOKS, AB (July 4, 2015) – The Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) congratulate alumnus forward Matt Wilkins (Kimberley, B.C.) on his invitation to development camp for the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames, as announced by the team today.
Wilkins, 24, represents the third Bandit on an NHL development camp roster in the last three seasons, joining Cam Maclise (Lacombe, AB) who attended camp for the Tampa Bay Lightning last year, and the Los Angeles Kings prior to that.
A childhood Flames fan, Wilkins began his Bandit career in 2010 after being acquired from the Trail Smoke Eaters of the British Columbia Hockey League, registering 77 points (30 goals, 47 assists) in 60 games to finish just one point out of the AJHL’s scoring lead.
Wilkins would capture the AJHL scoring title in 2011-12, with 99 points (34 goals, 65 assists) in another full 60 games, helping to lead the Bandits to their first-ever AJHL championship.
In total, Wilkins never missed a single game in a Bandit uniform, finishing with a regular season and playoff total of 79 goals and 127 assists for 206 points in 144 total AJHL games.
In 2015-16, Wilkins will be entering his senior year at Union College in the NCAA’s Division I ECAC Hockey conference. He was a member of the 2014 Division I national championship team. In 111 NCAA games so far, Wilkins has recorded 64 points (22 goals, 42 assists).
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