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Brighton-Pittsford Post
  • College Hockey: Wilson seizes opportunity at Yale

  • Wilson has made an immediate impact with the Bulldogs (9-4-3 overall), who entered this week ranked 12th in the latest USCHO Division I Poll. The 5-foot-10 forward has played in every one of the team’s games and has four goals and two assists.

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  • Growing up in the Wilson household, perhaps no one was more excited for game day than Stu.
    The hockey junkie eagerly awaited the opportunity to watch his father Wayne and the RIT Tigers hit the ice, even before they faced off against the top teams in the country at the Division I level.
    “My dad always wanted me to have fun with the game,” said Stu, who is now in his freshman season at Yale. “Just watching (Wayne’s) games, it’s influenced the way I have played. For as long as I can remember, I have picked up what (the college players) have done.”
    Not all of Wilson’s time was spent in the stands. At two-years-old, he was skating. Three years later, he was playing competitive hockey.
    Now, the roles are reversed. When the two talk, dad is the one eagerly awaiting to hear about his son’s team.
    “It is fun to watch his games, and just be a parent,” Wayne Wilson said. “I love to just sit in the stands, and hope he does well. It’s just nice to sit back and watch.”
    Wilson has made an immediate impact with the Bulldogs (9-4-3 overall), who entered this week ranked 12th in the latest USCHO Division I Poll. The 5-foot-10 forward has played in every one of the team’s games and has four goals and two assists.
    Wilson isn’t one to just reflect on goals scored or multiple points games.
    For him, the highlight of the season was a road sweep of talented programs Denver and Colorado College. A 5-1 win over Harvard gave him a nice introduction to one of college sports most heated rivalries. 
    “His work ethic is outstanding and his hockey IQ great,” said Keith Allain, Bulldogs head coach. “He’s a strong skater and has good skill. We really like the job he is doing and where his career is going.”
    Wilson’s road to the Ivy League featured a stint with the Maksymum Junior B team in 2008-’09 before playing with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the USHL for three seasons. He was a captain his last year in Cedar Rapids and and assistant captain in 2011, where he helped lead the Roughriders to a championship.
    Wilson proved to be one of the team’s more durable players, playing in 60 games his final two seasons.
    “I think its one the best developmental leagues anywhere,” said Wilson, who recorded 19 goals and 39 assists in three seasons.
    “I give the coaching staff a lot of credit. I wasn’t ready and they were pretty hard on me. The changes I made in the season and the offseason helped me out. I was a boy going out there and a man when I left.”
    Page 2 of 2 - When Stu began searching for colleges, he knew he would have plenty of help from his father, who also played division I hockey at Bowling Green. Wayne had a solid relationship with nearly every Division I head coach in the program - except Allain, who coached in the NHL before taking over the Yale program in 2006.
    Shortly after Stu stepped onto the Yale campus, he knew where he wanted to attend college.
    “I actually committed (to Yale) my first year in the USHL,” Wilson said. “When I came on my visit the team was great. I got a long with the coaching staff and I loved the style of play. From an academic standpoint they have I everything I wanted. I committed right away.”
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