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Wild Announce Signing of Bowling Green Commit O’Malley to New Recruit Form

WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee Wild, proud members of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), are pleased to announce the signing of 2005-born defenseman Brady O’Malley to a New Recruit Form for the 2023-24 BCHL season. O’Malley joins Brayden Pankey as the second defenseman to commit to the Wild for the 2023-24 season, and is Wenatchee’s fourth New Recruit signing overall for next year.

“Brady plays with a nice mix of competitiveness and poise,” said Wild Director of Scouting Leigh Mendelson. “He sees the ice well and delivers pucks to his teammates with confidence. His mobility and defensive reads make him effective defender. We are excited to be part of the next step in his development process here in Wenatchee.”

O’Malley brings an NCAA Division I commitment with him to the Wild, announcing his commitment to Bowling Green State University last month. He has enjoyed considerable success on the AAA hockey scene as he prepares to make the jump to junior hockey – after winning a pair of Michigan state championships with the Compuware program, he has continued his standout play in the Victory Honda program, notching 36 points in 45 games so far this season.

“We are extremely excited to have Brady joining us next season,” said Wenatchee Wild head coach Chris Clark. “He is a highly competitive kid who also has really good offensive instincts. He will make an impact at both ends of the rink. We look forward to continuing to help him in his development as he makes the jump to junior hockey.”

A left-handed shooter, O’Malley says he is particularly proud of his ability to play both sides of the ice, and of shutting down opposing plays quickly before making a good first pass to break the puck out of his defensive zone.

“I heard from a lot of people that this is a good program, and when I visited, they had a good culture and a lot of people surrounding the program that are invested in you as a player and a person,” said O’Malley. “I’m trusting [the coaches] to improve every part of my game and get me ready to play at the next level in college, against bigger guys.”

The Wenatchee Wild are proud to welcome Brady O’Malley to the Wild family, and wish him continued success and development ahead of the 2023-24 season.