PHOTO: Tyson Shaw (23) of the Wenatchee Wolves U18 team was one of nine development team players to skate in the Wenatchee Wild scrimmages in Coeur d’Alene.
CREDIT: Morgan De Korte
For three of the last four weekends, the Wenatchee Wild have invited American players from the Western Hockey League along with select players from the Wenatchee Development Teams and split into teams for full scrimmages to give players the opportunity to truly compete outside the usual practice environment. The scrimmage contests were full length games, and held at the Frontier Ice Arena in Coeur d’Alene, ID.
Six players who skate with the U18 Wenatchee Wolves participated, led by defenseman Tyson Shaw (Auburn, WA) who skated in all six scrimmages and scored a goal. Defenseman Jake Measel (Spokane, WA) played in three games. Also patrolling the blue line were defensemen Luke Faas (Eagle, ID) and Koen Mueller (Mukilteo, WA). Forwards Andrew Alonzo (Bonney Lake, WA) and Rylan Marcum (Anchorage, AK) each appeared in 2 games, and goalie Braeden Bovey (Anchorage, AK) played half of the final scrimmage on Saturday night.
For the U16 Wenatchee Wilderness, defenseman Connor Jensen (Spokane, WA) skated in four games, joined by fellow blueliner Stuart Carruthers (Spokane, WA) and forward Loghan Weber (Portland, OR).
Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Chris Clark was impressed with what he saw. “It has been really nice being able to include some of the development players into the scrimmages each weekend. It has been very clear in those scrimmages that Ryan (McKelvie) and his staff do a fantastic job at preparing their players for the next level.”
Ryan McKelvie is the Hockey Director for the Wenatchee Development Teams and Head Coach for both full-time billet programs. “It is always a great opportunity for our players when they get invited to skate with our BCHL team, and especially when they get to play in games. To be able to get Junior A experience during your midget hockey career can really help players learn what it takes to play at the next level. We are always excited for our players when they get asked to skate with the Wild, and over the last few years more and more of our players have been fortunate to get that opportunity.”
The next steps for the Wild are contingent on a number of external factors. One thing is known for sure, and that is the Wild organization remains steadfastly committed to providing the best possible environment for our players to grow. While many aspects are out of the franchises control, every preparation is being made to hit the ground running when it is safe to do so.