Wild sign Price
The Wenatchee Wild have signed 20-year-old, Dove Canyon, California native, Jaden Price. Price can play as both a forward and defenseman. Price has played with three different junior hockey teams across two different leagues. Those teams include the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL and the Janesville Jets and Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL. During his time with Salmon Arm during the 2019-20 season, he collected five goals and 12 assists for 17 points. In his time with Bismarck, he picked up one goal and four assists for five points in 17 games. In 2020-21, Price played for Philadelphia Hockey Club of the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) under the USPHL.
“Jayden plays with a lot of speed and energy and is a creative player, he was part of our extended preseason here last Fall before our season was cut short. We are looking forward to his character, experience, and work ethic in our lineup this season. We expect Jayden to have a breakout season offensively and earn a commitment from an NCAA program,” Mendelson said.
Price explained how he and the Wild have had interest in each other and been in contact for the past year or so. He was set to go last season with Wenatchee, but due to COVID and border closure, he and all the others had to go elsewhere. Price stayed in contact with them, and they were still really interested in getting him back for this season. He said once that opportunity came about he was ready to jump on it. Price also spoke about Wenatchee having a young team this season and being a leader.
“I’m looking to just be a good leadership role, I know we’re going to have a young team this year, so I want to be able to lead the team and help show these younger guys the right way to do things,” Price said.
Head coach Chris Clark spoke on why they brought Price aboard this season.
“Jayden is a player we watched for quite a few years now. He showed in our extended preseason last year that he can play with a ton of speed and tenacity. As a 20 year old he has a lot of experience and leadership qualities. We look forward to working with Jayden again this season as he pursues his goal of being a Division I college hockey player,” Clark said.
Price also talked about bringing goal scoring and playmaking abilities and even some defensive capability. Price said he’s looking just to play an all-around game, really help on the offensive side of things and be a good leader as well.
Fans should be excited about Price joining the team not just for what he’ll contribute on ice, but also off-ice.
“Yeah, I’m looking to be really active in the community, I’m a really big peoples person, I like to hang out with people and fans,” Price said.
Price talked about wanting to help win games, get the team back in the playoffs and hopefully making a run for the championship.
“Scoring goals and being part of the community will be big for me,” Price said.
Price spoke on the organization itself and what he’s looking forward to this season.
“I’ve heard nothing but good stories about Wenatchee from my short time being there last year, just a really professional organization, they do stuff the right way, there’s no shortcuts and I think that goes a long way,” Price said.
When it comes to being a veteran leader, he talked about giving the younger players pointers and leading by example. He said how when he came into the league, he looked up to the older players in the league. Whether it was how they did stuff on ice or their professionalism, he said it went a long ways for him learning how to be a professional type of player. So, for him, he’s looking to provide for the younger kids he said.
He also understands how long the wait has been for the fans with not having a season in Wenatchee last year and is excited to be able to play in front of that crowd this season.
“Yeah, I’m just excited to get going again and playing some good hockey,” Price said.