Madison West junior Drake Baldwin, the state’s leading goal scorer in boys hockey, developed his game as a youth on the basement floor at home — sliding the puck on the concrete and firing shots at a net set up against a wall.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Baldwin — who possesses one of the hardest shots in the Big Eight Conference — definitely left his mark while trying to perfect finding the back of the net.
“It was a cement wall, so it didn’t do much (damage),” Baldwin said. “There were probably little black marks everywhere on the wall.”
From his first experience playing hockey at age 5 with a neighbor friend, and initial skating lessons at Madison Ice Arena when he was 6, Baldwin always has loved the challenge hockey presents.