Among the many things to do in Wenatchee that exist, going to see a Wenatchee Wild game is an experience that stands alone. If you’ve never been to a Junior A hockey game, let us explain some of its appeal in today’s post. Let’s say you have absolutely fantastic seats – right up next to the glass. You’re so close you get a rush of adrenaline while the speed of the game sets in as the skaters fly through the neutral zone and toward where you are seated, right behind the net. Eventually, someone dumps the puck behind the net close to you, and one player from each team are racing to get there first. The thing about hockey is…if you win the race for the puck, you’ve got to pay a price. The price is often taking a heavy hit, or check, into the boards. This is hockey.
Maybe the fans next to you bang on the glass when two players get into it later on in the game. No, they aren’t crazy. This just isn’t their first rodeo. Feel free to try it yourself, sometimes it gets the players pumped up to hear their fans’ intensity! To wrap up this hypothetical situation (that hopefully becomes a reality very shortly, because everyone could use a little more hockey in their lives), The Wenatchee Wild score in overtime to win the game. Who scored? Only A.J. Vanderbeck, the American out of Colorado Springs, CO. By the way, A.J. already has 11 goals and 6 assists this year, with a plus minus of +8 so far. What is a point? What constitutes an assist? And what the heck is a plus/minus? Maybe you already know, but hey, if that above scenario describes you at all, perhaps you don’t. That’s great, because we are here to help.
- A point can be defined as either a goal or an assist.
- An assist is either of the last two passes that took place leading up to a goal. Goals can be unassisted, like on a turnover that directly leads to a breakaway goal, but assists always have a goal attached to them. The “two pass” assist component is one that is unique to hockey. In basketball or soccer, for example, only the final pass counts as a true assist. Hockey, it might be claimed, takes more of a group effort to score a goal, more often than not. So that is why both assists are tracked and counted the same.
- In the same vein, a player’s plus/minus. or “+/-”, as it’s often notated, is a stat that carries a lot of value even though it isn’t a goal or an assist. A player receives a “+” anytime that they are out on the ice during a goal. Conversely, they receive one “-” if they are out on the ice during a goal scored against. The aggregate figure is hopefully a positive one if they are a Wenatchee Wild player. And while this statistic is important, it doesn’t always show the whole picture. For example, some players are penalty kill specialists, which means they are defensive-minded and are out there when the other team has a man-advantage. By looking at such a player’s plus/minus, let’s say it’s -12, you might think that we are looking at a poor player. Situational hockey is a factor, but perhaps we are getting a little too far ahead of ourselves in the grand scheme of things. Just know these three statistical measurements are very important when it comes to understanding hockey.
If you are considering making a trip to beautiful central Washington, you should know that Wenatchee has plenty more to offer than merely hockey. There are a variety of events and festivals, like the annual Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, which is host to golf tournaments, carnival rides, parades, and a host of other fun Wenatchee activities. Wenatchee is beautiful as well, as it nestled into the base of scenic mountains and the Columbia River. Riverfront Park is a 31-acre park right next to the Columbia River. Of course, if you are visiting during the winter, we recommend you go skiing or snowboarding during the morning and early afternoon, and then end your day the right way by scoring yourself some Wenatchee Wild tickets and taking in a game.
What People Are Saying About The Wenatchee Wild!
To wrap up this post, we are going to take some time to highlight what our community is saying about coming to see a Wenatchee Wild game in person. Our readers will get plenty more from us in future posts, so we thought we would showcase some of our favorite fan reviews.
“Best hockey in Washington! – Tyler Hupp, Local Guide, Five Stars
“Great venue with a great team” – Eric Jensen, Five Stars
“First class organization! They are integrally tied to the community and provide a great opportunity for player development at the same time.” – Mark and Lucinda Moeglein, Five Stars, Local Guide
“Everyone involved is wonderful!” – Laurie Martin, Local Guide, Five Stars
“Worth Every Penny”
“Quality products! My husband and I both bought sweatshirts 2 years ago and after weekly wearing, through the fall and winter, they still look brand new. Some items are a little on the pricier side but worth every penny.”
We want to thank all of our loyal fans for taking the time to let us know how we are doing and what you are pleased with. It tells everybody looking for Wenatchee activities that coming to a Wild game is certainly worth your time!
Year Ten In The Den
The Wenatchee Wild hockey arena is located at 1300 Walla Walla Ave Wenatchee WA 98801. We would love if you came out to a game this year, whether you’ve been to a Junior A hockey league game before. We are part of the BCHL, the British Columbia Hockey League, and is home to some of the brightest young players in the game today. If you are interested in ticket packages and more, check our ticket pack options here!