Bliss Littler stepping down as Wild Head Coach

Bliss Littler Steps Down

In a week of mind-blowing announcements comes word that Bliss Littler is stepping down as Head Coach of the Wenatchee Wild. According to a press release from the organization, “Effective immediately, Bliss Littler is stepping down as Head Coach of the franchise, citing the interest of managing personal health concerns that have plagued him the last two and half years. He will remain in his position as General Manager and will focus his attentions on the business side of the operation.”

Littler came to the Wild in the 2012-13 season. In his time in Wenatchee, he has compiled a record of 259-136-49. That’s a winning percentage of .639. He led the Wild to their first league championship (BCHL’s Fred Page Cup) in 2017-18.

Chris Clark named Interim Head Coach

Chris Clark has been named Interim Head Coach and will hold that position for the remainder of the season. Leigh Mendelson remains in his current position as Association Head Coach.

Littler’s quoted in the release, “the team is in excellent hands. Chris has a strong hockey mind and his vision is obviously in sync with our goals as an organization.”

Clark says, “Obviously, first and foremost I want to express that my thoughts are with Bliss during this difficult time. I am humbled and honored that Bliss and the rest of the management staff entrust in me to continue to uphold the highest standard that the Wild have displayed over the last 12-seasons. Leigh (Mendelson) and I are excited to continue to work with the great group we have in the locker room.”

Littler was not on the bench for last night’s 4-3 victory over Penticton. Wenatchee (16-12-4) will head onto a three-game road trip Saturday at Vernon.