Penn State Men’s Hockey’s Clayton Phillips Signs Amateur Tryout Deal With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Clayton Phillips career in Hockey Valley has come to an end after the defenseman signed an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“My experience at Penn State has been nothing short of incredible,” Phillips said in a release. “The culture and people within this program have helped me grow in many ways as a person and as a hockey player. I am forever grateful for my time here in Hockey Valley and will cherish the memories and friendships I’ve made for the rest of my life.”
After announcing his intent to return to Hockey Valley for his fifth year of eligibility last spring, The Edina, Minnesota native finished the most recent campaign with a career-high five goals and 12 points in 32 games played, while serving as one of Penn State’s alternate captains as well. He also had the second-best plus/minus on the team, with a +11 for the season.
Phillips saw a huge improvement in his game this past season, as well. The defenseman learned how to manage fluctuations in his game from the previous two seasons to become one of Guy Gadowsky’s most consistent players.
“Philli was an amazing asset to our program these past three seasons and all of Hockey Valley wishes him the very best and is excited to see him display his exceptional skills at the pro level,” head coach Guy Gadowsky said in a release.
Before transferring to Penn State from Minnesota, Phillips was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins at 93rd overall in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. That year, he was named to the USHL’s All-Rookie Team, when he registered seven goals and 20 points.
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