Clayton Phillips, Adam Pilewicz Announce Return to Penn State Hockey

Story posted April 2, 2021 in Sports, CommRadio by Kyle Cannillo

Penn State hockey fans received some good news Friday. Pittsburgh Penguins third-round pick Clayton Phillips and senior defender Adam Pilewicz announced that they are returning to Hockey Valley for another season.

Phillips in particular is huge for Guy Gadowsky’s squad next season. With the departure of former Big Ten Player of the Year Cole Hults, it was expected that Phillips was going to take the reins as the leader of the defense.

Phillips had an underwhelming 2020-21 campaign, netting just seven points in 20 games despite seeing ample ice time. In his own end, Phillips wasn’t as dominant as expected. Maybe a return to Penn State will serve him well.

Next season will be Phillips’ third with the blue and white. He transferred from Minnesota after his sophomore season.

As for Pilewicz, the senior might not have the biggest impact on the ice, but players say he has quite the character. Pilewicz is entering his fifth year with the program.

With the help of senior defender Paul DeNaples, it appears that Phillips and Pilewicz will round out Penn State’s leadership group next year.


Kyle Cannillo is a broadcast journalism major at Penn State. To contact him, email