ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced the club has agreed to terms with forward Adam Rockwood on a contract for the 2020-21 season.
Rockwood joins Orlando after playing last season under an American Hockey League contract with the Springfield Thunderbirds, where he collected two assists and six penalty minutes in eight games. The 25-year-old was loaned to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits for the majority of the season, where he finished his rookie campaign with 35 points (9g-26a) and 18 penalty minutes in 49 games. Rockwood’s 26 assists were good for seventh among all ECHL rookie forwards. Rockwood previously made his pro debut in a seven-game stint with Springfield at the end of the 2018-19 season, in which he produced seven points (1g-6a) and two penalty minutes in seven games.
Prior to turning pro, Rockwood enjoyed a prolific collegiate hockey career split between the University of Wisconsin and Northern Michigan University from 2014-19, putting up a combined 113 points (20g-93a) and 36 penalty minutes in 141 games. In both of his years with Northern Michigan, Rockwood was named to the WCHA Second All-Star Team, and led the entire NCAA with 40 assists during the 2017-18 campaign.
The Coquitlam, British Columbia native also played Junior A hockey for his hometown Coquitlam Express in the British Columbia Hockey League for parts of three seasons. In 107 career games with the Express, Rockwood totaled 100 points (19g-81a) and 34 penalty minutes. During the 2013-14 campaign, he led the league in assists with 61 in the regular season and earned BCHL Second Team All-Star honors, before helping lead Coquitlam to the Fred Page Cup championship in the postseason.