by Arch Ecker
In a move voted on and approved by the British Columbia Hockey League, a structural realignment will place the Wenatchee Wild in the Interior Conference beginning in the 2017-18 season. The 17-team league is divided into two conferences, with the Coastal Conference comprised of the Island and Mainland Divisions, each with five teams. The Interior Conference has just one division, made up of seven teams which now includes Wenatchee. The Wild competed in the Mainland Division for their first two seasons in the BCHL.
The BCHL schedule calls for teams to play a full interlocking schedule, which means each team will play twice against every other “out-of-division” team, one time in each team’s home rink. The remaining games are split up and played within the division. The Wild fared well against the Interior Division last season with a record of 10-3-0 (.769). By comparison, the Wild went 27-5-2 in their own division (Mainland) last season (.824). Wenatchee won the division and also the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy for best record overall (45-9-4).
The shift into the Interior Division, which has produced 8 of the last 10 BCHL Fred Page Cup Champions, presents a challenge that Wild Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler embraces. “We’re looking forward to joining the Interior Division this season”, he remarked. “With new rivalries growing and new challenges, it’s an exciting time for all of us.”
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