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PHOTO: Charlie Combs skates in his first professional game on Wed. Mar.24.
CREDIT: Ed Bailey / Wichita Thunder

Wild alum forward Charlie Combs played in Wenatchee for two seasons from 2015-2017. After a four year NCAA collegiate career, Combs last week signed a pro contract with the Wichita Thunder of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). His older brother, Jack, played 15 games for Wichita last season.

Combs, 24, played his first three college years at Bemidji State University, then transferred to Michigan State University for his final season. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he closed out his college resume with 70 points (42g, 28a) in 131 career NCAA games between the Beavers and the Spartans.

In his time in Wenatchee, Combs racked up 112 points (66g, 46a) in 86 games. In his second season, his 51-goal outburst helped lead the Wild to the BCHL’s top regular season record (45-9-4) and the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy. He led the BCHL in goals (51) and was third in overall total points (84).

In his pro debut, he was thrust into a four-game in five-night run with the Thunder taking on the Kansas City Mavericks. In his first home game, Combs scored his first professional goal and added an assist to help his team to a 3-2 come-from-behind win. In true Charlie Combs fashion, his goal was ripped top shelf off the crossbar and in.

Wenatchee Wild GM Bliss Littler isn’t at all surprised to see Combs advance to the pro ranks. “We’re proud of Charlie for all he’s accomplished, finishing school and now signing his first pro contract. He’s put in the work and come a long way over the last several years. Our organization wishes him continued success.”