by Arch Ecker
As the Wenatchee Wild prepare to begin their third season in the BCHL, the task of reloading a club that has lost a lot of key components took another step forward with the addition of Brenden Rons, a second-year junior defenseman who is expected to provide a solid presence on and off the ice.
Rons arrives in Wenatchee with his college commitment already secured, as he will play Division I hockey for the Michigan Tech Huskies in his home state. “Growing up in Michigan, I watched MTU play at the Great Lakes Invitational every year, so committing there was obviously special”, Rons declares. “Also, my grandparents grew up 10 minutes from the university, so they are thrilled with my decision.” He’s still deciding on a major, but is interesting in the school’s Engineering program. He has plenty of time to make that choice, but for now he’s enjoying the ride. “Just being able to see the world and travel while doing what I love is an amazing experience. It has created many memories and friendships.”
A towering 6’5”, 225 lb. defenseman, Rons played for Victory Honda as a Bantam, then spent three years with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16 and U18 teams before joining Omaha in the USHL at the beginning of last season. At the midway point of the season, he joined Topeka in the NAHL where he finished the season. The decision to play for Wenatchee this season was a simple one. “It’s just the full junior hockey package”, he says. “Every year, you must take major steps in your development. I feel Wenatchee gives me the best opportunity to do that.”
Wenatchee Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler is pleased to welcome Rons to Wild Country. “He is a big-bodied d-man that skates well, and comes with experience”. Littler goes on to add, “He does a very good job defending. We also expect some offense out of him.”
Rons and the rest of his new Wild teammates report to Training Camp on August 21.
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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