The month of January has been eventful for Wenatchee Wild forward Cade Littler, to say the least. First, his name appeared on the NHL Central Scouting midterms, then he was named as the BCHL December High School Player of the Month. He’s currently second on the team in scoring, and has a point in each of the Wild’s three games this month, including a game winning goal. Now, he has secured a college commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey for this week’s number one ranked D1 hockey team in the country, at Minnesota State University – Mankato.
Littler, the son of Wild GM Bliss Littler and Wild Director of Sales and Marketing Gretchen Littler is a 6’3, 200 lb. center who spent some time with San Jose Jr. Sharks 14UAAA and the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes 15UAAA and 16UAAA. He spent the majority of his development years locally with the Wenatchee Wilderness 16UAAA where he played 72 games over two seasons, averaging an impressive 1.63 points per game.
Wild Head Coach Chris Clark, himself a Mankato alum, has watched Littler develop over the last nine years. “We couldn’t be more excited to see Cade make his commitment to Minnesota State University – Mankato. Knowing all the work he has put in to earn this opportunity makes our staff even more proud. The Mavericks are getting an extremely smart hockey player and a true pro on and off the ice. We look forward to continuing to help him develop and prepare for college hockey.”.
Other Wild alum who have played for Mankato in the past include Evan Mosey, Zak Galambos, Parker Tuomie, and Nick Rivera. Still active in Mankato are Lucas Sowder and Sam Morton.
Littler becomes the seventh Wild player from this season to commit to a D1 school. He joins Ean Somoza and Garrett Szydlowski (Western Michigan), Cade Stibbe (Arizona State), Quinn Emerson (Bowling Green), Mario Gasparini (Vermont), and David Hejduk (Harvard).