(The following article is reprinted by permission from HeisHockey.com)
When I heard that Troy Mick has accepted the job to work with Bliss Littler and the Wenatchee Wild to become the Hockey Director and Head Coach of both the 18UAAA Wenatchee Wolves and 16UAAA Wenatchee Wilderness, I was beyond thrilled.
I’ve known the legendary hockey coach for almost twenty-five years. He was running and gunning with the British Columbia Hockey League’s Vernon Vipers when we first met, and we’ve been friends ever since.
Mick is a lot of fun and a coach that now gets the chance to focus on the hockey for the first time in years. It’s when he’s on the practice ice and behind the bench that Mick is at his very best. He’s an old school coach with the rare ability to connect to today’s young players.
I asked my old friend to pen today’s Ten article and he came up with this.
We hope you enjoy!
- The BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild are one of the very best junior programs in North America.
- The Wild owners, the White family, are in the game for the right reasons. They support the staff and community.
- The Wenatchee staff starts at the top with Bliss Littler as the general manager. BCHL Head Coach Chris Clark, Tom Rudrud, Jordan McTaggert and Pepe Sandoval all are amazing coaches and people to learn from.
- The Academy program lives and breathes hockey & education for seven months. So many pluses. Lots of practices, off ice gym, skills, games, and team bonding throughout the season.
- The facilities are amazing. 5,000 seat multi use arena, practice rink located next door, all offices at same facility and dedicated locker room for the guys all season long.
- The community is like having little Montreal in the state of Washington. The town loves their hockey teams. Players are celebrities in community and not only the BCHL players. Pride to wear the jersey in Wenatchee as it is a way of life there.
- Player development is as serious as it gets. Players move on from the program at all levels. To have the BCHL team in same facility the players get to not only see what the next level is, they get to interact with them and see what they need to do realize their own hockey dreams.
- Wenatchee is closer to my home and makes it easier to stay in contact with my family and friends. I really love the Wenatchee area as I have been there many times for hockey. I fell in love with the area while coaching the Western Hockey League’s Tri City Americans.
- The way Wenatchee treats their players on and off the ice is first class all away around from 12U to BCHL.
- The Golf and Wineries are amazing!