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WILD ALUMNI RETURN TO AID DEVELOPMENT TEAMS

by Arch Ecker

The Wenatchee Wild, proud members of the BCHL, are a franchise that prides itself on a culture of “family”. So when the need to bolster the coaching staff for the Wild’s three development teams arose, the organization kept it in the family, adding alumni Kyle Brodie and David Mead as Assistant Coaches for the Wolves, Wilderness, and Wolverines.

When the Wenatchee Wild first stepped on the ice in September 2008, Kyle Brodie was there playing defense and in fact, posted an assist on the first goal ever in Wild history. He played two seasons in Wenatchee before moving on to Bemidji State University for two seasons, making the Dean’s List all 4 semesters and being acknowledged as a WCHA Scholar Athlete both years. He then spent two seasons at UW-Stevens Point, was a DIII First Team All-American his first year and All-WIAC First Team both years. He also dipped his toes in the pro hockey pool, appearing in Stockton (ECHL) and Columbus (SPHL). The Northglenn, CO native also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

David Mead played three seasons in the OHL for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds before making the move to the USHL’s Omaha Lancers, where he first met Wild Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler who at that time was coaching the Lancers. Mead playing the following season in Fargo, then reunited with Littler in Wenatchee. Hailing from Conklin, NY, Mead would play two seasons in the Federal Hockey League before returning to the Valley in his new role as Assistant Coach.

Ryan McKelvie, who is Director and Head Coach for the WAHA/Wild Development Teams, was on the bench as an assistant coach himself when Brodie played for the Wild.   “We are very excited to add both Kyle and David to our staff”, McKelvie said. “Both are young coaches that are very hard workers and eager to make a positive impact on our Tier 1 youth teams. We now have four coaches on staff devoted to the WAHA/Wild development teams. All four coaches have played at the NCAA DI or Major Junior levels and will be able to provide a very high-end development program for our players.” The coaching staff is rounded out by Jake Obermeyer who returns as Assistant Coach for the U18 Wolves, and Co-Head Coach for the U14 & U16 teams.

Bliss Littler is also excited about the addition of the two young coaches. “Both have a tremendous amount of playing experience”, he notes. “With these additions we hope to make an already very strong program in the state of Washington into a destination spot for Tier I players in the Pacific Northwest.” He adds, “Every year under the leadership of Ryan McKelvie our development teams continue to grow.” Information about the development teams is available on their website: http://wenatcheewilddevelopmentteams.com/