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Former Jr. King Wilkins claims Hockey East Rookie of the Week award



Providence College freshman forward Josh Wilkins was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week in an announcement made by the league on Jan. 2.


Wilkins put the Friars up 2-1 on the power play just 1:16 into the third period with the eventual game-winning goal in Providence’s 3-1 win over then No. 2 Denver on Saturday night and recorded a shot on goal in Friday’s 2-2 tie with the Pioneers. He also tallied a season-high eight shots on goal in the win for the Friars on Saturday.

This season, Wilkins, a native of Raleigh, N.C., sits in a third-place tie among Hockey East rookies with 15 points (6-9-15) and also ranks third with 53 shots on goal. Wilkins is the first Friar to earn Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors since Brian Pinho on Oct. 14, 2014.

The Friars currently hold a five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2) and are 2-0-1 against Denver since the two teams met at the 2015 Northeast Regional Final at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence on March 29, 2015.

During his youth career, Wilkins spent time with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings.

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