by Arch Ecker
On a team heavily laden with veteran talent last year, Jasper Weatherby came in to Wenatchee for his first season of junior hockey and embraced his role, and now returns this season prepared to lead by example for the younger players.
He played on a line that featured two other first year players, Lucas Sowder and Sam Morton. The energetic line not only kept the pressure on against some of the league’s top lines, they also generated 80 points of offense. Weatherby led the way with 12 goals and 20 assists. At 6’3”, 215 lbs., his physical stature combined with his puck handling skills and situational awareness made him a force at both ends of the ice.
For Weatherby, Wenatchee has been a perfect fit. “The best part has to be the people associated with the team: the team staff, trainer staff, billets, rink staff, and the thousands of fans showing up for every game. With that being said, the coaching staff is phenomenal; they’re always there to help you succeed as a team and an individual. Everywhere you go, you’re treated like a pro and have every opportunity to succeed.” He’s taken a no-nonsense approach to preparing for the coming season. “This off season I really focused on my skating”, he said. “Being able to skate well and make plays at high speed is definitely important. I also really try and take care of my body, from getting enough sleep and eating well to stretching a lot and doing some yoga, I think all those things help in the long run with being a better player and injury prevention.”
He played in Omaha with the U16 and U18 teams for a couple of years prior to joining the Wild, but feels his game has really started to improve in the BCHL. “I’d say the area of my game that has changed the most is my speed of game. Junior hockey is fast and being able to make plays under pressure is something that grew a lot over the course of the last season. I think the BCHL is the perfect league to continue developing as a player.” For this season, Weatherby says, “My goal this season is to be a better player and person on and off the ice. I think it’s also important to help the younger guys out as much as you can, especially being a returning guy. As a team, I think the goal should be the same, and that is to win a championship.”
Season ticket packages are on sale now at the Wild office by calling 509-888-7825. Single game tickets and group packages will be available soon. Plans are also underway for select fan bus trips this season and will be announced soon.
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