Coming off of his best NLL campaign, the Philadelphia Wings have signed Zach Higgins to a three-year extension. The 2020 campaign marked his first season with the Wings, securing a record of 8-4. A veteran of eight years in the NLL, Higgins spent the majority of his career with the Minnesota Swarm from 2013-2015. Higgins’ best season in the NLL comes with Philadelphia, securing his first winning record. With ten minimum decisions, Higgins’ personal best 9.32 goals-against average and 81.9% save percentage were with the Wings in 2020.
It was only two years ago that Zach Higgins was paying to play with the Oshawa Outlaws in the ALL. That supplemented his hopes of returning to the NLL. He made his return with the Buffalo Bandits but wasn’t able to put together the completed product. In 2020, with the Philadelphia Wings, Higgins has been the metaphorical “brick wall.” He’s one of three goaltenders to record eight wins in the 2020 NLL season.
Speaking of his 2020 NLL superlatives, Zach Higgins played the most minutes, is tied for the most wins, is third in goals-against average, leads in saves, and is second in save percentage. He’s been nothing short of dominant in the NLL and is borderline elite at his position. NLL General Manager of the Year and 2020 Les Bartley Award winner, Paul Day, believed in Higgins since before the start of the season. Day has gone on record to say that Higgins’ rebound control is his favorite attribute of his game. With Higgins’ play, the Philadelphia Wings turned into a playoff team in 2020.
After the shortened season in 2020, Zach Higgins and the Philadelphia Wings have unfinished business to address in 2021. It would have been interesting to see how the Wings would have performed in the 2020 NLL playoffs. The three-year extension on Higgins’ contract shows that Paul Day is even more confident in his goaltender. If Higgins can continue this dominant success over the next three years, Philadelphia will continue to be a playoff contender.