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LITTLER NAMED AS FINALIST FOR CJHL COACH OF THE YEAR

The Canadian Junior Hockey League today announced the five finalists for their “Coach of the Year” award, which is presented annually and determined through voting by the 10 leagues that comprise the CJHL. Among the five finalists is the Head Coach / GM of the Wenatchee Wild, Bliss Littler.

Littler, who was also recognized by the BCHL this season as the Head Coach of the Year, guided his team to a league best record of 45-9-4, earning the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy for the top record in the BCHL. The Wild also led the league in both power play goals (75) and shorthanded goals (15), as well as power play and penalty kill percentages. Wenatchee led the BCHL with a staggering plus-159 in goal differential, and were unbeaten in regulation on home ice (26-0-2) during the regular season. Fifteen of the players who played for Littler last season hold Division I college commitments, with more of them sure to come.

Littler and his staff are in Missouri this weekend for a tryout camp as the Wild prepare for their tenth season in the Wenatchee Valley, and the sixth in Wenatchee for Littler, whose coaching career dates back to 1996.  

See the CJHL full article here: http://www.cjhlhockey.com/view/cjhl/news-848/news_485889

Stay up to date with the team all year long on Facebook (facebook.com/wenatcheewildhockey), Twitter (@WenatcheeWild1), YouTube (Wen Wild), Snapchat (wwildhockey), Instagram (Wenatchee_wild), and on the team’s official website (wenatcheewildhockey.com). Download our free “Wenatchee Wild” app for your iOS or Android device. Home game photos are online at: wildhockeyphotos.com

 

Whirls & Twirls Bar during Funtastic Shows carnival at the Town Toyota Center

The Town Toyota Center is thrilled to have the Funtastic Shows Carnival in the main parking lot in conjunction with the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. To add to the event experience, the arena management will offer a Carnival Bar outside on the front lawn, public roller skating on select nights in the main arena, public ice skating in the Rink, and Link Shuttle Service from Shopko parking lot. The event details are as follows:

Whirls & Twirls Carnival Bar:

On the lawn, Town Toyota Center

Admission: FREE!

Hours:

Friday, April 28                                  4:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 29                             3:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 30                                Closed

Monday, May 1                                6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2                                6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3                         6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 4                               4:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Friday, May 5                                     4:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 6                               3:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 7                                  Closed

The Whirls & Twirls Carnival Bar will offer daily drink specials, featured beers, and wine for only $6.00. Food specials such as strawberry & whipped cream, or banana, Nutella & whipped cream crepes for only $6.00 The Whirls & Twirls Carnival Bar is open to all ages.

Public Roller Skating:

Main Arena

Admission: $6

With carnival bracelet day of: $3

Skate Rental: $2

Dates & Hours:

Thursday, April 27                               5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 28                                   7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 29                               1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 30                                  1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Guests are welcome to bring their own in-line skates or roller skates too!

Public Ice Skating:

The Rink

Admission: $6

With carnival bracelet day of: $3

Skate Rental: $2

Dates & Hours:

Friday, April 28                                                  7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 29                                             1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. & 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 30                                                1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 4                                               5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (special guest DJ: Conner from KW3)

Friday, May 5                                                     7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 6                                               1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 7                                                  1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

The Rink will offer special drinks such as a Venom on Ice flavor Raspberry, Strawberry and Watermelon, plus Orange Creamsicle and Rootbeer floats throughout the Carnival days.

Parking:

Link Transit will offer shuttle rides leaving every 20 minutes on Friday, April 28, Saturday, April 29 and Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6th from Shopko parking lot to the Town Toyota Center. Guests are encouraged to use the shuttle and surrounding parking lots.

For more information, visit TownToyotaCenter.com.

Town toyota Center Hires marketing Executive Assistant, Cooper Elliott

Wenatchee, WA- The Town Toyota Center sales and marketing had a banner year with new sponsors and an increase in season suite owners. The management staff worked tenaciously to retain and increase partnerships across the organization. Under the direction of General Manager, Mark Miller, Vice-President of Marketing/Sales, Jennifer Bushong led a strong marketing and sales team in 2016.
The arena announced staffing changes in January after Sales Manager, Jeremy Anders accepted a position out of the Wenatchee area. Marketing Assistant, Katie Atkinson was promoted to Sales Manager in January 2017. Marketing coordinator/Graphic Designer, Bre Hinkle was named Marketing Manager. In February, Cooper Elliott, was hired as the new marketing executive assistant for the arena.
Cooper Elliott graduated from Washington State University (December 2016). He was a student athlete playing baseball for three years and honored to be on the 2014 WSU Athletics All-Academic Team. During his college years, he worked as an intramural official and supervisor in sports such as softball, football, and basketball. Prior, Elliott volunteered for numerous baseball camps. He is a graduate of Cashmere High School

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Elliott will assist in planning in-house events, sponsorship sales, and premium ticket sales for the hockey season.


For questions please contact, Jennifer Bushong, VP Marketing/Sales/Communication at jbushong@towntoyotacenter.com or call 509.888.7333.

STARS ON ICE TO OFFER A GLIMPSE INTO THE UPCOMING 2018 WINTER GAMES WHEN IT VISITS TOWN TOYOTA CENTER IN WENATCHEE, WA ON MAY 21

Performances from Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White and Olympic Medalists Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner Highlight Tour

 TICKETS GO ON SALE BEGINNING JANUARY 20th  

(Wenatchee, WA) – The world is eagerly awaiting next year’s Winter Olympic Games in PyeongchangSouth Korea, commencing in February 2018. Here in the United States the wait will not be quite as long, as the 2017 Stars on Ice tour will feature many of the skaters that will be vying for gold for the U.S. in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Tour will arrive in Wenatchee, WA on Sunday, May 21 for a 4:00 PM performance at Town Toyota Center.

This year, the Emmy Award-winning production will be the ultimate preview of the U.S. Figure Skating team that will compete in PyeongchangSouth Korea. Medal hopefuls, including three-time U.S. Champion and 2016 World Silver Medalist Ashley Wagner, reigning two-time U.S. Champion Gracie Gold, and 2015 U.S. Ice Dance Champions and two-time World Medalists Madison Chock & Evan Bates, will highlight a star-studded cast that will also include reigning Olympic Ice Dance Gold Medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White, and four-time U.S. Champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist Jeremy Abbott.

Tickets for the 2017 Stars on Ice tour in Wenatchee, WA will go on sale January 20th.  Tickets start at $33 and are available via www.starsonice.com, the Town Toyota Center box office at 1300 Walla Walla, and by phone at 1-509-667-7847. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.  Please visit www.starsonice.com for the most up to date information and show announcements.

 Stars on Ice continues to be a pioneer in figure skating by offering fans the rare opportunity to witness some of the world’s most creative and cherished champions performing together in both individual and ensemble routines. Founded and produced by Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, Stars on Ice is one of the premier family entertainment events in the U.S., and the only figure skating Tour in America, that has annually brought fans the greatest performances and competitors from around the globe. 

 About Stars on Ice

Founded in 1986 by skating icon Scott Hamilton, the Stars on Ice Tour has performed more than 1,500 shows over the last three decades. Past Tour performers include Olympic Gold Medalists Kristi Yamaguchi, Katarina Witt, Scott Hamilton and Torvill & Dean. The Tour has won three Emmy Awards, one ACE Cable Award (Best Sports Special), and is recognized as the finest ice production in the world. Stars on Ice is produced by IMG, the global leader in sports, fashion and media.  For more information about the Tour, visit www.starsonice.com.  Keep in touch with Stars on Ice on Facebook: www.facebook.com/starsonice, Instagram: www.instagram.com/starsonice and on Twitter: @starsonice, www.twitter.com/starsonice.

Numerica Credit Union's Winter Ice Gala featuring Ice skating professionals, Miss Washington 2016, and Walt

-Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Town Toyota Center-

Kim Navarro & Brent Bommentre

Kim Navarro & Brent Bommentre

Wenatchee, WA – The fifth annual Numerica Credit Union’s Winter Ice Gala is packed with star performers set in an elegant atmosphere.  Professional figure skating pairs, Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre will awe the crowd. Other local dancers, pianists, and entertainers will add to the mix. The unique, formal dinner and ice show is held in the main arena and guests are seated on the covered ice! The event raises funds for the Arena Youth Enrichment fund held at the Community Foundation of North Central Washington. Over 200 guests will enjoy the fifth annual Numerica’s Winter Ice Gala on Friday, January 27, 6:00 p.m. at the Town Toyota Center. 

The main entrance will be transformed into a festive white wonderland with sheer custom-made trees, a white baby grand piano (on loan from our friends at the Numerica Performing Arts Center) and exquisite lighting designed by set professional, Don Fox.  Guests will be able to sip on champagne and sample hors d’ oeuvres of brei & cranberry filo cups, potato cakes topped with crème fraiche smoked trout and mini spanakopita.

At 7:00 p.m., guests will be escorted into the main arena where tables will be fully dressed and set on decked ice to allow enough space for skating in the center of the arena.  The formal dinner will include roasted beef tenderloin medallions and prawns created by Town Toyota Center’s in-house food and beverage executive chef, Jodi Riggles, Beyond Creations Catering.  All guests will receive a white Numerica Credit Union fleece blanket at each seat. For their beverage pleasure, the martini shaped ice sculpture displayed in the full bar is always a hit.

After dinner, a professional ice show coupled with some of the region’s best vocalists and musicans will perform.  Spectators will see a bit of a hockey shots and turns this year as well as a featured video, “The day and life of a hockey player”.  Plus, guests will have the opportunity to sponsor an ice skating helmet and/or learn to skate helper.

Jade Redinger, Good Morning Northwest News Anchor, KVEW-TV

Jade Redinger, Good Morning Northwest News Anchor, KVEW-TV

The show emceed by the arena’s general manager, Mark Miller and KVEW-TV’s Good Morning News Anchor, Jade Redinger will keep the show moving along.  Along with former Stars on Ice professional figure skaters, Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentresponsored by Moss Adams, LLC, Waddell & Reed, Fabulous Feet, and Real Homes.,  Miss Washington 2017, Alicia Cooper will have a vocal performance and Miss East Cascades, Brianna Eddy, a master pianist will perform, “White Water Chopsticks”, and Fabulous Feet dancers.  Special guests include select numbers from Wenatchee Figure Skating Club and fan favorite, the Wenatchee Wild Walt are sponsored by McDonalds, Puget Sound Energy, and ConfluenceHealth.                                                                      

2016 Miss Washington, Alicia Cooper (L)  2016 Miss East Cascades, Brianna Eddy (R)

2016 Miss Washington, Alicia Cooper (L)  2016 Miss East Cascades, Brianna Eddy (R)

The purpose of Numerica Credit Union’s Winter Ice Gala is to showcase the arena and raise funds for the Arena Youth Enrichment Fund (AYEF) held by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.  The AYEF committee members, Julie Norton (Ogden, Murphy & Wallace), Randy Agnew (Wolven), Christine Barros (Town Toyota), Tony Freytag (CrunchPak), and Janet McNeilly (Numerica) will speak on the impact of the grant. The fund was established in 2012 to provide youth the opportunity to Learn to Skate and/or attend a show who might not otherwise be able to afford to do so. In the past 4 years, over $46,000 awarded to area schools and non-profits benefiting hundreds students.

To pledge support for the Arena Youth Enrichment Fund, guests can atttend the Winter Ice Gala.

WINTER ICE GALA TICKETS:

Winter Ice Gala tickets are $125 per person and seating is limited.

To purchase tickets:

  • In person: Town Toyota Center box office, 1300 Walla Walla Street in Wenatchee
  • By phone: 509.667.7847

For additional questions, please call Jennifer Bushong, Vice-President of Marketing Partnerships, 509.888.7333 or email: jbushong@towntoyotacenter.com.

ABOUT THE ARENA YOUTH ENRICHMENT FUND:

The guests of the Winter Ice Gala pledged over $46,000 since inception to provide aid for students ice skate or attend a show. In the past four years, the fund has distributed grant money to area schools or non-profit organizations.  The result of the fund is as follows: Wenatchee School District established an on-going after school Learn to Skate program in addition to other classrooms and non-profit organizations. The fund provided Children’s Home Society of Washington skating time, Rock Island 2nd graders, Mariarchi Wenatchee students the opportunity to attend a show, the Wenatchee School District’s After-School program, will benefit over 60 students at Columbia Elementary, Mission View Elementary, Orchard Middle School and Pioneer Middle School, CASA kids, Chelan School District, Orondo School District, Rock Island School District, and many more local clubs and youth organizations the opportunity to use ice time and skate.

The eligible applicants are schools and/or non-profit organizations that support youth and enrichment activities. All applicants must reside within the Public Facilities District of the Greater Wenatchee Regional Events center in the incorporated areas of Chelan and Douglas counties and/or the cities of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Cashmere, Chelan, Rock Island, and Entiat, and must serve underprivileged needs of youth or schools. Applications are available online and can be downloaded at www.cfncw.org/grants or www.towntoyotacenter.com.

 

Town Toyota Center Named Katie Atkinson as Sales Manager

Katie Atkinson, Sales Manager

Katie Atkinson, Sales Manager

Wenatchee, WA-The Town Toyota Center, a multi-purpose entertainment and ice arena, promotes Katie Atkinson to Sales Manager to focus on group sales, sponsorship growth, and retention to serve guests and sponsors.


The promotion was announced by General Manager Mark Miller to the internal staff last week. Atkinson replaces Jeremy Anders who will resign by the end of January. Katie served as the Marketing/Sales Assistant since December 2015. Atkinson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Lodging/Hospitality from Johnson & Wales University in Denver, CO. Prior to the Town Toyota Center, she served as sales manager for Comfort Suites and guest services for Campbell’s Resorts, and variety of other resorts in the sports and hospitality industry.


Atkinson will be the main point person for all tickets, premium seats, and group sales. The marketing and sales team had a banner year of aggressive sales growth and retention led under the direction of the Vice-President of Marketing Partnerships Jennifer Bushong. “Sales revenues drastically increased as we realigned staffing and focused on new growth opportunities in 2016. The organization’s culture intentionally shifted to accommodate and maximize the guest experience and retain customers,” explained General Manager Mark Miller.


The staffing change will take effect immediately. “We look forward to another outstanding 2017 with new challenges and opportunities for growth,” adds Miller.


The Town Toyota Center is currently hiring a sales and marketing executive assistant to coordinate premium seat licensing, support outreach efforts, and work directly with sponsors under the direction of the Vice-President of Marketing/Sales and Sales Manager.

Wild Games to air on Local FM Station

The Wenatchee Wild, proud members of the BCHL, are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement to broadcast their games this season with locally owned KCSY-FM, 93.9, known as “Sunny FM”.

The Wild season is underway, and the team is off to their best start since 2012. Beginning next Saturday when the Wild travel to Coquitlam, all 49 remaining regular season games plus playoffs will be aired live on Sunny FM. The Sunny FM signal is available locally at 93.9 FM, and throughout North Central Washington all the way up to the Canadian border on additional FM frequencies. Wild fans will also be able to access the broadcasts via online streaming, and there are plans to integrate the stream into the new Wenatchee Wild app, making it easier than ever before to follow the team.

The Wild franchise remains committed to serving its fan base. Team Owner and President David White is pleased to have reached this agreement.

Dave Herald, who is part owner as well as General Manager of Sunny FM is excited to add the Wild to their lineup which already includes Wenatchee Applesox baseball during the summer months. “We are excited to have the opportunity to add the Wenatchee Wild to our growing regional sports lineup”, he said. “This provides us the perfect transition to and from our AppleSox baseball coverage and we couldn’t be happier.”

The play-by-play duties will continue to be handled by veteran broadcaster Arch Ecker. The games are also available on a pay-per-view basis with HockeyTV.com.

Stay up to date with the team all year long on Facebook (facebook.com/wenatcheewildhockey), Twitter (@WenatcheeWild1), YouTube (Wen Wild), Snapchat (wwildhockey), Instagram (Wenatchee_wild) and on the team’s official website (wenatcheewildhockey.com).
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Arch Ecker / Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting / arch@wenatcheewildhockey.com

 

Wenatchee Wild Hockey Club looking for Game Day Merchandise Staff!

Job Summary:

Our part-time game day merchandise staff are responsible for creating the ultimate game day and shopping experience for Wenatchee Wild Hockey fans. If you have an outgoing personality, a passion for retail & sales, and enjoy building long lasting relationships with customers, then this job would be a perfect fit for you! We’re hiring multiple positions!
Compensation: Paid per game, based on experience.

 


Essential Duties:
• Assist with setting up and tearing down the merchandise booth during game days
• Assist with making sure all of our merchandise and it’s pricing are easily viewable and presentable to our fans
• Routinely assist in the replenishment of merchandise
• Must be comfortable handling money and learning our point of service system
• Must familiarize yourself with the merchandise and be able to provide exceptional customer service to Wild Fans


Minimum Qualifications:
• 18 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Must be friendly, out-going and able to maintain a professional appearance
• Ability to attend all of our 28 home games at the Town Toyota Center
• Must have reliable transportation
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment
• Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.
• Must be able to stand, reach, bend, and move about the venue as needed


Preferred Qualifications:
• Prior experience in retail, sales or any customer service related positon
• Prior cash handling experience
• Familiarity with Point of Service systems and credit card readers a plus
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team


Please email resume to: zmorrison@wenatcheewildhockey.com

 

Rodney Carrington Live in Wenatchee

-Saturday, September 17, 2016-

Wenatchee, WA –If you love to laugh and you are over eighteen, then Rodney Carrington live is your show. Carrington is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and country music artist.

His act will combine stand-up comedy and original songs—but not all country! Carrington’s first album, Hangin’ with Rodney, was released in 1998. Rodney recently released three new albums on his brand new record label called Laughter’s Good Records. An album of new songs and material debuted at Number One on the Overall Comedy Charts. The same week, the re-release of Rodney Carrington Live, C’mon Laugh You Bastards debuted at Number Two on the Overall Comedy Charts.  Recently, he went back into the studio to record his 9th album The Hits.  The album features a duet with Colt Ford on Titties and Beer. Among other credits, Carrington starred in the sitcom Rodney and in film Beer for my Horses. Now, Carrington brings Here Comes The Truth Tour to Wenatchee.

Rodney Carrington will appear on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Toyota Center. The show is for a mature, 18+ audience. Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:

  • Town Toyota Center website, www.towntoyotacenter.com
  • Town Toyota Center box office, 1300 Walla Walla Street, Wenatchee
  • Call 509.667.7847

For group of ten or more, please call Jeremy Anders, Sales Manager at (509) 888.7362.

 

Wild Set plans for "Thank you Ernie" Night

Recently the Wenatchee Wild organization was made aware that long time public address announcer Ernie Rodriguez would not be returning what would have been his ninth season. As the search for someone to fill his formidable shoes on the mic continues, plans have been made to honor Rodriguez for his service and contributions to Wild Nation.


Saturday, October 1 has been designated as “Thank You, Ernie” Night at the Wild game, when they host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 7:05 pm in the Town Toyota Center. As fans enter the building they will be given a commemorative print featuring Ernie, which he will be available to sign after the game on the concourse. But that’s not all the team has in store.
Fulfilling a long time dream, Ernie will be given the honor of dropping the ceremonial first puck. Then, during the first intermission, he will take the mic at center ice and his wish to address Wild Nation directly will be honored.


In the eight seasons that the Wenatchee Wild have been skating in the Town Toyota Center, one of the most prevalent pieces of the game night experience has been “Uncle Ernie” on the mic, lending both his vocal talents and signature “howl” to the ambience in the arena. Rodriguez’ self-imposed departure leaves only Assistant Coach Chris Clark and Equipment Manager Pepe Sandoval remaining from the Wild’s expansion season.


There is another way in which the Wild will honor Ernie throughout the season, which Ernie will reveal to the crowd during his intermission speech.


The Wenatchee Wild organization is excited for the growth and positive changes on the horizon this season. Stay up to date with the team all year long on Facebook (facebook.com/wenatcheewildhockey), Twitter (@WenatcheeWild1), YouTube (Wen Wild), Snapchat (wwildhockey), and on the team’s official website (wenatcheewildhockey.com).


FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Arch Ecker / Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting / arch@wenatcheewildhockey.com