The Wenatchee Wild, proud members of the BCHL, are proud to announce that first year forward Josh Arnold will play Division I college hockey for Northern Michigan University beginning in the Fall of 2019.
Growing up in the southern BC town of Cloverdale, hockey has surrounded him his entire life. Like many of his neighbors, he was on the ice by the age of three, skating “on an outdoor farm field with the guys”, and playing hockey by age 5. As he grew, players like Patrick Kane and Markus Naslund caught his eye and fueled his passion. When he came of age, he began to play for the Okanagon Hockey Academy and played there for three seasons. He got a taste of Junior A hockey last season, called up to play for Salmon Arm in the BCHL for 6 games. Acquired by Wenatchee over the summer, he’s adapted well to living in the US and embracing the Wild style of play.
Deciding on a college is an important decision, and Arnold feels comfortable he’s made a solid choice in Northern Michigan, where he plans to pursue a degree in business. “They play a fast, skilled and offensive game which I feel fits me as a player perfectly”, he said. “I also love their Olympic ice sheet which allows me to use my speed to my advantage.”
Supported by a large contingent of family and friends when he plays games close to home, Arnold recognizes he’s had a lot of support to get where he is today, acknowledging, “I’m thankful for the sacrifices my parents have made to help me pursue my hockey career as well as all my coaches, family, and friends.”
The Northern Michigan Wildcats men’s hockey team competes in the WCHA and plays their home games in Marquette, MI in the 3,902-seat Berry Arena which features an Olympic-size ice surface. He is the eleventh player on this year’s Wild roster with a Division I commitment, following Lucas Sowder (MSU-Mankato), Jasper Weatherby (North Dakota), Sam Morton (Union), AJ Vanderbeck (Ohio State), Slava Demin (Denver), Jacob Modry (Rensselaer Polytechnic), Chad Sasaki (Colorado College), Brady Bjork (Notre Dame), Sam Hesler (Dartmouth), and Cooper Zech (Ferris State).