by Arch Ecker
The Wenatchee Wild record book was torn apart and rewritten dozens of times over the course of the season, with individual and team marks alike being obliterated on a routine basis. With the franchises ninth season complete, it’s time for a look back at the electrifying 2016-17 season with the records broken and landmarks reached. An itemized breakdown follows the story in this release.
TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS: The Wild sported the league’s best home record (26-0-2). They led the league in goals scored (294), power play goals (75), and shorthanded goals (15). They had the BCHL’s top ranked power play (25.6%) and top ranked penalty kill as well (86.0%). They allowed the fewest shorthanded goals against (1), fewest power play goals allowed (29), and the second fewest goals allowed overall (135). The Wild closed out the year with an overall record of 45-9-4 (94 pts), the best record in team history.
LEAGUE AWARDS: The Wild claimed the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy for having the best overall record, and Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler was awarded the Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy as BCHL Coach of the Year. Brendan Harris cleaned house, winning the Vern Dye Memorial Trophy as BCHL MVP, the Bob Fenton Trophy as Most Sportsmanlike, and the Brett Hull Trophy as the league’s top scorer.
INDIVIDUAL FRANCHISE RECORDS: Several players surpassed existing records during the season, none more than Brendan Harris who now owns the records for Games Played (191), Career Assists (157), Assists In a Season (75), Career Points (215), Points in a Season (98), and Career Shorthanded Goals (7). Charlie Combs holds the new records for Career Goals (66) and Single Season Goals (51), Single Season Power Play Goals (21) and Career Power Play Goals (24). Chris Jones extended his Penalty Minute record (439) and Anthony Yamnitsky tied the franchise record for wins in a season at 31.
LANDMARKS: Seven players played in their 100th game for Wenatchee this season. The Wild won their 300th regular season game, and 150th at Town Toyota Center. Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler collected win #150 with the Wild, and #750 in his career.
COLLEGE COMMITMENTS: At press time, 13 players who skated for the Wild this season have Division I college commitments, and a number of others are currently in the process. Advancing players careers to the collegiate level remains the defining purpose of Junior A hockey, and the Wild continue to excel in this area.
Stay up to date with the team all year long on Facebook (facebook.com/wenatcheewildhockey), Twitter (@WenatcheeWild1), YouTube (Wen Wild), Snapchat (wwildhockey), Instagram (Wenatchee_wild), and on the team’s official website (wenatcheewildhockey.com). This Thursday at 8:00 pm, watch for this season’s final “Call of the Wild” on NCW Life Channel. Download our free “Wenatchee Wild” app for your iOS or Android device. Home game photos are online at: wildhockeyphotos.com.
WENATCHEE WILD 2016-17 SEASON AT A GLANCE
BCHL – Best Home Record – (26-0-2)
BCHL – Most Goals Scored – 294
BCHL – Most Power Play Goals – 75
BCHL – Top Power Play Pct – 25.6%
BCHL – Most Shorthanded Goals – 15
BCHL – Top Penalty Kill Pct – 86.0%
BCHL – Fewest Power Play Goals Allowed – 29
BCHL – Fewest SHG Against – 1
BCHL – 2nd Fewest Goals Allowed – 135
Team Record: 10 Hat Tricks
Team Record: 200:44 of consecutive shutout hockey
Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy – (Best Record in the BCHL) 45-9-4
Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy – Coach of the Year – Bliss Littler
Vern Dye Memorial Trophy – Most Valuable Player – Brendan Harris
Bob Fenton Trophy – Most Sportsmanlike – Brendan Harris
Brett Hull Trophy – Top Scorer – Brendan Harris
INDIVIDUAL FRANCHISE RECORDS BROKEN
Most Games Played – Career: Brendan Harris (191), Chris Jones (190)
Most Goals Scored – Career: Charlie Combs (66), Brendan Harris (58)
Most Goals Scored – Season: Charlie Combs (51), AJ Vanderbeck (39)
Most Assists – Career: Brendan Harris (157), Troy Conzo (75), Colin Burston (75)
Most Assists – Season: Brendan Harris (75), Troy Conzo (49), Colin Burston (43)
Most Points – Career: Brendan Harris (215)
Most Points – Season: Brendan Harris (98), Charlie Combs (84), Colin Burston (68), Troy Conzo (68)
Most Penalty Minutes – Career: Chris Jones (439)
Most Power Play Goals – Career: Charlie Combs (24)
Most Power Play Goals – Season: Charlie Combs (21)
Most Shorthanded Goals – Career: Brendan Harris (7), Charlie Combs (5)
Most Goalie Wins – Season: Anthony Yamnitsky (31 – tied)
Shutout Streak: Anthony Yamnitsky (181:57)
Sept. 14, 2016 – Troy Conzo plays his 100th game. (5-1 W at Prince George)
Sept. 23, 2016 – Dakota Raabe plays his 100th game. (5-4 OTL vs Powell River at Showcase)
Oct. 20, 2016 – Bliss Littler coaches Game #250 as Head Coach of the Wild. (6-1 L at Surrey)
Oct. 29, 2016 – Brendan Harris and Chris Jones each play 150th game. (4-1 W vs Penticton at home)
Nov. 16, 2016 – Colin Burston plays his 100th game (7-3 L at Chilliwack)
Nov. 26, 2016 – Wild record 300th regular season win (11-2 vs West Kelowna at home)
Nov. 26, 2016 – Franchise win #150 at Town Toyota Center
Nov. 26, 2016 – Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler wins Game #150 with the Wild.
Dec. 1, 2016 – Franchise plays its 500th game (4-1 W vs Surrey at home)
Dec. 7, 2016 – Charlie Combs scores Goal #33, breaking old single season record (12-0 W at Coquitlam)
Dec. 7, 2016 – Wild record largest margin of victory and most goals in a game (12-0 W at Coquitlam)
Jan. 20, 2017 – Charlie Combs records his record breaking fourth hat trick (6-2 W vs Prince George)
Feb. 4, 2017 – Matt Baker plays Game #100 (9-1 W vs Surrey at home)
Feb. 4, 2017 – Anthony Yamnitsky sets individual shutout streak record at 181:57.
Feb. 11, 2017 – Logan Milliken plays Game #100 (2-0 L at Penticton)
Feb. 12, 2017 – Alex Bates plays Game #100 (5-4 W at Trail)
Feb. 17, 2017 – Austin Chavez plays Game #100 (10-2 W vs Langley at home)
Feb. 23, 2017 – Bliss Littler wins career game #750 (4-2 W at Langley)
Feb. 23, 2017 – Anthony Yamnitsky ties franchise record with 31st win.
Feb. 24, 2017 – Wild close out season with best record in team history.
COLLEGE COMMITMENTS (at press time 03-30-17)
Chad Sasaki – Colorado College
Matt Baker – Dartmouth College
Tyler Rockwell – Michigan Tech University
Colin Burston – Brown University
Charlie Combs – Bemidji State University
Dakota Raabe – University of Michigan
Troy Conzo – Colorado College
Slava Demin – Denver University
Jimmy O’Brien – Colorado College
Brendan Harris – Bemidji State University
Jacob Modry – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Logan Milliken – Holy Cross
Garrett Nieto – Lake Superior State
IRON MEN (Played All 58 games)
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Arch Ecker / Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting / [email protected]