In a coaching career that dates back to 1993, there have been a considerable number of landmarks and accomplishments along the way for Wenatchee Wild Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler. The most recent of them came on November 10 when the Wild defeated Coquitlam 6-1 at Town Toyota Center. The victory was regular season career win number 800, with 226 of them coming with the Wild.
Littler began his coaching career in Billings with the expansion Billings Bulls of the American Frontier Hockey League. In seven seasons with Billings, he won a staggering five Borne Cup Championships, four regular season championships, and was named AFHL Coach of the Year in 1994-95. He took on another expansion team challenge with the Topeka Scarecrows in the USHL before moving on to the Tri-City Storm of the USHL where he won the Anderson Cup in 2003-04 and was named GM of the Year that same season. He served as Head Coach of the USHL’s Omaha Lancers for over three seasons and joined the Wenatchee Wild in the 2012-13 season. During his tenure in Wenatchee, he’s won the Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy as BCHL Coach of the Year twice, led his team to a regular season championship in 2016-17, and then a BCHL Championship (Fred Page Cup) and Doyle Cup (CJHL Pacific Region).
Among his other career highlights, he’s medaled twice as an Assistant Coach for Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge, winning a gold in 2008 and a bronze in 2011. He’s moved well over 300 players on to play Division I junior hockey, has coached nearly 30 NHL Draft Picks including two first-rounders, and has seen over 20 of his former players advance to the NHL.
Littler is under contract to coach the Wenatchee Wild through 2021, thanks to an extension signed in 2016.