WILD WELCOME TROY MICK AS HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT TEAMS
The Wenatchee Wild are pleased to announce the hiring of Troy Mick in the role of Hockey Director and Head Coach of both the 18UAAA Wenatchee Wolves and 16UAAA Wenatchee Wilderness. He’s scheduled to begin his new position in Wenatchee on April 1.
The Wild operate four teams in their Development Program. The Wolves and Wilderness both have players that live with billet families in Wenatchee during the season, while the 14UAAA Wenatchee Wolverines and 12U Showcase teams are weekend only teams that live at home and have a mix of games and practices on the weekends. As Hockey Director, Mick will oversee the entire operation while serving as Head Coach for the two older teams. Jordan McTaggart will remain as Co-Head Coach of the 18UAAA Wolves and 16UAAA Wilderness.
Wenatchee Wild General Manager Bliss Littler has known Mick for a long time. “We are excited to have Troy Mick join the Wenatchee Wild family. Troy will work with myself and the other coaches on staff to continue to raise the standards of our Wenatchee Wild Development Teams Program. After being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Troy played three years of pro hockey before starting his coaching career that has lasted thirty years. We are very fortunate to have someone with Troy’s character and commitment to making the players better hockey players and people. As a former Head Coach in the WHL and BCHL Troy will bring instant credibility to this position.”
Littler went on to say, “I also want to thank 16U Head Coach Kyle Brodie for his six years of commitment that he has given our Development Program. Kyle had informed me this past September that he would be moving on after this season. We wish Kyle nothing but the best and a big thank you for all he has brought to our program over the years.” Brodie added, “Wenatchee is a special town, and I am so fortunate for all the opportunities that David White, Bliss Littler, and the Wild organization have given me over these last 5 years. With so many new friends and relationships that have been made here, I will always consider the Wenatchee valley my home.”
Mick’s resume is lengthy and decorated. He played two years in the BCHL in the mid-80’s, followed by a stellar run in the WHL with Portland and Regina. His offensive prowess as a forward was eye-catching, having 3+ 100-point seasons in the WHL and currently is 13th overall for all-time career points with 466. After being drafted by the Penguins in 1988, he would play pro hockey at the ECHL level for three years before turning to coaching in 1993.
He started off with a seven-year run in Vernon with the Lakers, later rebranded as the Vipers. He began there as an assistant then moved up to Head Coach / GM for four seasons where he won the Royal Bank Cup in 1999. He returned to the WHL for three years in various coaching and management roles before heading back to Vernon for a year. He stepped away from the game for a few years before accepting the position of Head Coach / GM with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. He was there for six seasons, the latter part as GM and President. He’s most recently worked as the GM of the Philadelphia Hockey Club in the NCDC and Head Coach for the 18U AAA team, an opportunity for which he remains extremely grateful.
A native of Vernon, BC, Mick is familiar with the Pacific Northwest and is thrilled to come to Wenatchee. “Wenatchee has made the BCHL a better league since they joined. Ownership, Management, Coaches, Staff and the fans make it one of the best franchises in North America. The vibe in the arena and around town is second to none on game days and I look forward to moving to Wenatchee and being a part of the program and community.” He went on to recall, “When I was younger my family used to take me to Lake Chelan on vacations and I have also coached in Kennewick with the Tri City Americans (WHL) so the area is very familiar to me.”
The decision to come to Wenatchee was an easy one. “Having the Wild own and run the Development program, it was a no brainer for me to look at coming back West. The professionalism that I saw when I was in the BCHL is something that you always look for as a coach. I have known Bliss for many years and have respected everything he has done in the game. I got to know the White family from the BCHL governors’ meetings and they are all in it for the right reasons and that’s to give the players an opportunity to develop on and off the ice and to get an education by playing the game they love.”
“I look forward to working with all of the coaches in the program and getting to know the rest of the staff.”