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Wenatchee Wild

Wenatchee Wild
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City Wenatchee, Washington
League NAHL
Division West
Founded 2008
Home arena Town Toyota Center
Colors

Blue, Black and White


              
Owner(s) Bill Stewart, Craig Patrick
General manager Bliss Littler
Head coach Bliss Littler
Media 560am KPQ/1340am The Zone
Franchise history
2008-Present Wenatchee Wild
Championships
Division Championships 3

The Wenatchee Wild is a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's West Division based in Wenatchee, Washington. The team joined the NAHL as an expansion team for the 2008-09 season, the team plays its home games at the 4,300-seat Town Toyota Center. The Wild are well known for their rivalry with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

History

On September 12, 2006 ground was broken on a new multipurpose event center that would be home to a new ice hockey team. On February 22, 2008, the NAHL granted Wenatchee Junior Hockey LLC. with conditional approval for an expansion team. On May 20, 2008, Wenatchee Junior Hockey LLC. announced the franchise would be the "Wild." The name was chosen by a "name-the-team contest" held at local schools in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. The name beat out other options being the Wranglers, Bombers, Wonders, Hockeyes, Winning Walruses and Ice Busters. The Wild played their first game on September 17, 2008 losing to the Motor City Metal Jackets 2-1 in overtime. The Wild made a championship run in that first season, winning the division title but losing the championship game 3-2 in overtime. They then came back and won the West Division championship in 2009-10 but was eliminated in the round-robin championship tournament. On June 18, 2010, the Wild announced a new secondary logo. On May 13, 2013, the Wild lost their final game in the NAHL during the Robertson Cup Championship Tournament to the Amarillo Bulls 5-0 during the Robertson Cup championship game. The team was resurrected when the Fresno Monsters re-located to Wenatchee.

Move to BCHL

On January 19, 2013, USA Hockey approved the transfer of the Wenatchee Wild from the NAHL to the British Columbia Hockey League for the 2013-14 season.[1]

TEAM ANNOUNCES MOVE TO TEXAS'

May 14, 2013 team announces move to Hidalgo, Texas. Will become known as the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees.

Fresno Monsters to move to Wenatchee'

May 22, 2013 City Council approves deal to move the Fresno Monsters to Wenatchee and keep name and logo.

Cowbells

The team has created an identity for them by using cowbells. Similar to the Tampa Bay Rays of MLB and Sacramento Kings of the NBA, the Wild have fans ring cowbells in support of the team. After a Wenatchee goal, fans will ring their bells in support. Since 2008, the Wild have hosted a cowbell giveaway, where the first 2,000 fans through the door get a free cowbell. Many fans also bring their own bells to games.

Slogans

The Wenatchee Wild have used a slogan each year following the inaugural season.

2009-2010: Our team, our time, our house!

2010-2011: Unfinished Business

2011-2012: The Wolfpack is Back

2012-2013: Stronger

Season Records

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2008-09 58 35 19 4 74 197 182 1,322 1st, West lost in Robertson Cup Final
2009-10 58 45 10 3 93 219 125 1,520 1st, West lost in Round Robin
2010-11 58 34 21 3 71 207 148 1,208 2nd, West lost in 2nd Round
2011-12 60 36 17 7 79 165 102 1,297 2nd, West lost in 2nd Round
2012-13 60 39 15 6 84 197 147 1,509 1st, West lost in Robertson Cup Final

Robertson Cup

The Wenatchee Wild hosted the 2010 NAHL Pepsi Robertson Cup.

Head Coaches

On November 24, 2010 the Wenatchee Wild fired Paul Baxter, their inauagural head coach. It is unspecified exactly what led to the firing of Baxter who led the Wenatchee Wild to back-to-back West Division titles in 2008 and 2009 and an amazing finish of making it to the Robertson Cup Finals in The Wild's first year. Baxter was replaced in December 2010 by John Becanic. On April 27, 2012, shortly after elimination from the 2012 West Division Playoffs, Coach Becanic resigned. USHL coach Bliss Littler was announced as the new Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations on May 23, 2012. Mr. Littler currently holds the record as the winningest coach in USA Hockey history (Jr. Tier 1 and 2). Littler was released from his duties as the Omaha Lancers USHL Head coach mid season 2011/12.

References

External links

  • Official site
  • NAHL website
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