WILD SIGN A FAMILIAR NAME IN LITTLER
The Wenatchee Wild are bringing back a familiar name, in Cade Littler. Cade is a hometown kid from East Wenatchee, WA. Littler has spent time with multiple programs over the last two seasons. During the 2019-20 season, he split time between the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes 15U AAA team, Wenatchee Wilderness 16U AAA and the Wild BCHL team. With the Jr. Coyotes that season, he picked up two goals and six assists for eight points in 14 games. With the Wilderness, he picked up 60 goals and 57 assists for 117 points in 72 games in competition across two different leagues. Littler was also drafted by the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, but his rights have since been traded to the Tri-City Americans. He was also taken third overall in the first round of the USHL draft by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. Littler was also selected for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program final 48 tryout. He spent three games with the National Team Development Program last season in the USHL. Head coach Chris Clark spoke on what Littler brings to the team. “Cade is someone I have seen grow as a hockey player and person for nearly 10 years now. He has incredible hockey sense and has proven to be able to score at every level he has played. He also has a real passion for the game and is always working to improve his game. He will bring some good size to our line up down the middle as well. We look forward to working with Cade as he too starts his junior hockey career in Wenatchee,” Clark said. Cade is looking forward to playing in a good league, playing against better players and taking the next step in his junior hockey career.
Director of Scouting Leigh Mendelson talked about what Littler brings to the team. “Cade will bring a very good combination of ability, size, and intelligence to our lineup. He is a possession player who can take abuse and still make plays in the offensive zone. He also has the ability to score a lot of different ways, with power or finesse. Cade will be a highly sought after NCAA recruit as he transitions to Junior hockey, and we look forward to seeing his game expand with the Wild,” Mendelson said. Littler talked about his experiences with the multiple teams he’s spent with and the lessons he’s learned so far. “Every detail matters, you learn something new from every place, how hard you have to keep working, just hard work, doesn’t matter what level you’re at,” Littler said. Before this season, Littler has only played two games with the Wild. He explained that fans should expect to see a big two-way forward that works hard and can play both ends of the ice. When it comes to off ice community involvement, Littler said he’s looking forward to getting out in the community and having fun interacting with the fans. Littler, like many others is looking forward to a full season, playing in front of fans and having good competition every day.