Born in Toronto (July 5, 1997), Clark currently plays for the Carelton Place Canadians in the Junior-A Central Canadian Hockey League. He’s off to a red-hot start to kick off the 2014-15 season, winning both of his first two games while stopping 59 of 61 shots along the way.
In the 2012-13 season, Clark won an OHL Cup title as a Midget Minor with the Oakville Rangers AAA program. From there, he spent last season with the Vaughan Kings in the GTHL before earning a role with Carelton Place.
PRO Goaltending founder Michael Lawrence is confident Clark will eventually evolve into a high-profile prospect, saying “He quietly got better every day of camp, gradually reflecting a larger learning curve than his camp counterparts.”
Originally a draft pick of the Soo Greyhounds (selected 151st overall in 2013), it appears as if Clark may now be aiming for an NCAA D-1 scholarship. He’s known for being very intelligent, school is a priority for him, and he’s capable of learning and incorporating new elements and techniques quickly.
In order to learn more about Clark, we reached out to Eli Rassi, goalie coach for Carelton Place. Rassi also used to coach with Lawrence and PRO Goaltending.
“Adrian has great size, agility, and a very strong technical base,” Rassi said. “He’s also very composed and knows how to maximize the amount of space he can take up with his frame. One of his best skills is reading pucks off of stick blades and tracking it all the way in or off his body. He’s also extremely coachable, a student of the position, and keen on learning.”
In order to enhance the skills he learned under Lawrence’s wing at the PRO Goaltending Development Program, Clark also worked with with a personal trainer named Donovan Service and a Pilates Core Trainer named Sally Belanger. He also participated in a weekly skate with Stan Butler from the North Bay Battalion.
By dedicating time to incorporating Pilates into his off-season training, Clark is sure to benefit from the added core strength, which will continue to enhance his body control and overall durability. It’s a blueprint that more goalies should try to follow, as it enhances every technique and tactic in his tool box. As a result of his off-season work ethic, Clark is now garnering legitimate interest from NCAA programs.