WILD SIGN SZYDLOWSKI
The Wenatchee Wild have signed right winger and Detroit, Michigan native Garrett Szydlowski. Szydlowski has two seasons of junior hockey under his belt with the NAHL’s Maryland Black Bears. During the 2019-20 season, he picked up eight goals and five assists for 13 points in 46 games. The following season in 2020-21, he collected nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 53 regular season games. During the playoffs, he grabbed two assists in eight games. He’s currently committed to Western Michigan University for the 2022-23 season. Head coach Chris Clark touched on Szydlowski’s past junior hockey experience and his addition to the Wild for this season. “Garrett is another veteran player who just completed two success season in Maryland of the NAHL. Garrett is a play maker who also likes to get in on the forecheck and create turnovers. We got to watch a lot of video on Garrett during the shutdown and he is someone we were excited to get the opportunity to work with and help continue to develop before he heads to Western Michigan University,” Clark said. Szydlowski talked about his decision to join the Wild, touching on the winning culture the
organization has. “I wanted to go to a team that was a championship caliber team and I’ve always known Wenatchee to be that team that you kind of want to go play for in the BCHL and thought it was the right fit for me,” Szydlowski said. He touched on how when the team called him, he accepted the opportunity, wanted to do it and said he was excited about it.
Director of Scouting Leigh Mendelson talked about the addition of Szydlowski to the team. “Szydlowski is a player we’ve watched for a few years now, playing in the Little Caesars AAA program, and while playing Junior hockey in the NAHL. Garrett has a good package of speed and offensive skills, combined with a lot of creativity, which we feel will help him be very productive in the BCHL. As a Junior hockey veteran, we will lean on him early to help in our young player’s transition, and we are thrilled to help him prepare for his NCAA future with Western Michigan University,” Mendelson said.
Szydlowski explained how he wants to grow as a player this season so he can go into WMU and make an impact there. He also talked about his past experiences in junior hockey and how playing against older guys will help him make a statement when he gets to Wenatchee. He also touched on how the coaching staff seems to know their stuff and how they want to win. Szydlowski said transitioning to the BCHL from the NAHL suits his game better.
“Instead of just constantly playing a defensive side, I can kind of use my skill on offense to contribute as well to the defensive side of things,” Szydlowski said. He’s excited to get to Wenatchee touching on how the rink is unreal and will look really nice with some fans in it. When it comes to on ice, Szydlowski said fans should look for a forward who will play all zones of the ice and try to score some goals.