WILD BRING BACK HASTINGS
The Wenatchee Wild are bringing back a familiar face in forward and Scottsdale, AZ native Hunter Hastings. During the 2018-19 season, he played a handful of games for the Wild picking up three assists in 26 games. During the 2019-20 season, he returned to the Wild grabbing 11 goals and six assists for 17 points in 54 regular season games. During the playoffs that season, he had two assists in 14 games. With Wenatchee not able to play during the 2020-21 season, Hastings joined the NAHL’s Minnesota Wilderness. During his time there, he collected two goals and an assist for three points in ten games. Head coach Chris Clark touched on the return of Hastings and what he brings to the team. “Hunter will be a familiar face to our locker room and to the town as Hunter previously was here from 2018-2020. He is a strong skater who is very hard to play against. He also goes showed he will go to the tough areas to score some big goals for us during the 2019-20 season. He has a great passion for the game, and we are excited to have him back in Wenatchee. We look forward to continuing to help Hunter develop his game as he works to obtain a
scholarship,” Clark said. Hastings is looking forward to getting back to work having normal practices, normal schedule, going to the rink every day and seeing what kind of group they have. He touched on how the coaches always do a good job bringing in good players and how that’s definitely the case this year.
“We got a bunch of new guys from all over that look to be really good players and I think the fans will be excited to watch them come puck drop in October,” Hastings said. Director of Scouting Leigh Mendelson touched on the return of Hastings to Wenatchee this season. “Hunter is a player we are familiar with as he’s played in Wenatchee during the 18-19 and 19-20 seasons. He has good vision on the ice and a strong shot. His size and experience will give him some room on the ice as he continues to develop his game. Hastings has the physical tools to emerge as a power winger this season for the Wild, as he continues to develop towards being an NCAA player,” Mendelson said. Hastings talked about the type of guy fans can expect to see out on the ice this season. “I’m a big physical forward, like to throw the body, like to get pucks at the net too and contribute on offense, just an energy player all over the ice, whatever it takes, blocking shots, hitting guys, getting on the forecheck, all that stuff,” Hastings said. Hastings said he’s going to work hard in practice and bring 100% in all the games. When it comes to the community aspect, Hastings touched on how he likes to read to kids, helping younger guys out on the ice and seeing the fans. He explained how it’s great to have such a strong fan connection and be a part of it.