by Arch Ecker
The Wenatchee Wild, proud members of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) conducted their June Camp in the Community Rink at Town Toyota Center from June 18-20. Approximately 80 players divided into four teams competed both in small area games and full-scale games as coaches and staff watched to evaluate players, as the process of constructing the roster for the 2017-18 season continues.
“Our camp is designed to give players the opportunity to showcase their strengths”, explained Wild Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler. “We saw a select group of players battle hard, and it definitely makes for some difficult choices for the coaching staff. That said, we were encouraged by what we saw over the last three days.” In addition to the Wild coaching staff which includes Associate Head Coach Tom Rudrud and Assistant Coaches Chris Clark and Michael Zucker, Wenatchee’s development team coaches Ryan McKelvie, Jake Obermeyer, Kyle Brodie, and David Mead were present throughout the camp as well. Adding an experienced set of eyes was Don Nachbaur, who is the third winningest coach in the history of the Western Hockey League and following camp was named an assistant coach with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.
Players will report to Wenatchee on August 21 as mandated by the BCHL. The regular season schedule is expected to be released by the league this week, and preseason games will be announced in the near future as well. The Wild have been moved into the Interior Division for the 2017-18 season, and will face each of their six new division rivals six times.
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