50 Players, 50 Days: Findlay Wood
May 25, 2020
During the current and unforeseen cancelation of the 2019-20 season, the players in the NA3HL saw their seasons cut prematurely short. In some cases, players saw their junior hockey careers come to an end as well. However, the NA3HL got together a decided to highlight some of those players, who were born in 1999 and were in their final season of playing junior hockey.
As a result, we present a new series entitled: 50 players, 50 days
50 players in 50 days will select 50 players from each of the 34 NAHL teams this past season that were born in 1999, who are currently uncommitted, and deserve some recognition during their time spent playing and developing in the NA3HL. Over the course of the next 50 days, we will take time out to look at their accomplishments, review their season, and provide some background on their NA3HL careers. Players will be initially highlighted in alphabetical order by team. Enjoy!
Findlay Wood, Forward, Texas Brahmas
Following a whirlwind 18-game rookie season that culminated in a Fraser Cup Championship victory, Texas Brahmas forward Findlay Wood, 20, thrived in his first and only full NA3HL season in 2019-20 as he notched just shy of a point-per-game pace and helped the Brahmas to the best regular-season record in the league.
Standing 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Wood actually started his career with the NAHL's Lone Star Brahmas, logging three games in December 2018, before joining the NA3HL Brahmas in January to set up what would be a championship run. In 18 regular-season games that year, Wood posted just seven goals and five assists, but rose to the occasion during the playoffs. In the divisional rounds, Wood bagged 3g-2a--5pts in four games to help get Texas to Chicago as South Division champs, then bagged another two goals and two assists in four games at the Fraser Cup Championship -- including the game winner to beat L/A in the Final.
The 2019-20 campaign saw Wood playing at that same playoff level, recording 17g-19a--36pts in 42 games as one of the top-10 scorers on a deep Texas roster. He brings his Junior career to a close with 24 goals, 24 assists and 48 points in 60 regular-season NA3HL games.
A native of Victoria, Australia, Wood played youth hockey there until the 2014-15 season, when he joined the Des Moines Buccaneers AAA 16U squad for eight games. He then split time between the Iowa Wild AAA 16U and 18U teams during the following season, before going to the 18U side full time from 2016-2018, recording 7g-6a--13pts in 51 games at that level. He also represented Australia on the international U18 and U20 stages annually from 2015-2018, playing a total of 15 games and nabbing 16g-5a--21pts.