by Arch Ecker
While the summer sun beats down on the valley, the Wenatchee Wild, proud members of the BCHL are busy making preparations for their July camp to be held this weekend here in Central Washington. The camp sessions are free for fans to attend and open to the general public, and will be conducted in “The Rink”, the ice surface adjacent to the main arena at the Town Toyota Center.
A handful of familiar faces will take the ice this weekend, with third year veterans like Dakota Raabe, Troy Conzo, Tyler Rockwell, and Colin Burston joining fourth year returner Brendan Harris. Charlie Combs and Matthew Baker are expected to return for a second season, along with second year defensemen Alex Bates, Aaron Murray, Logan Milliken, Austin Chavez, and Konsta Jaske. Goaltender Garrett Nieto looks to build on his solid showing last season as well.
Four teams of camp participants will meet briefly with staff after registering Friday morning, and then go through a series of practice drills called “small games” to get warmed up and acclimated. Friday evening, all four teams will skate in a pair of games. Saturday, each team will play twice, while the middle of the day will feature a thirty minute goalie session. Camp standouts will be selected to skate in the Sunday morning All Star game, followed by exit interviews for the players with the coaches. The players will be battling for an invitation to the Wild Main Camp, which will commence in Wenatchee on August 22, just prior to the new season.
The Wenatchee Wild July camp is an event which can be used not only for coaches to measure newcomers with and against proven returners, but also a great opportunity for up and coming players to identify areas to grow their own game as well.
“We love that we can have our July camp here in Wenatchee”, explains Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler. “We are proud of our community, our facility, and our organization as a whole, so getting to show it off to prospective players is a good thing.” He adds, “We are also pleased to share the process of constructing the team with our fans.”
CAMP GAME TIMES: Friday: 6pm and 7:40pm. Saturday: 10am, 11:45am, 6pm, and 7:40pm. Sunday: 9am