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Harris goes ‘Wild’ with Wenatchee in final junior campaign

 

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Brendan Harris committed to attend and play NCAA Division I hockey at Bemidji State University (WCHA) last season.

Some players after making a commitment and having their future locked in, may lay off the gas pedal for a bit.

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Not Harris.

In his final junior hockey season with the Wenatchee Wild of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), the Las Vegas native claimed the league MVP award after a 98-point regular season, the Most Sportsmanlike Player award the Brett Hull Trophy as the regular-season scoring leader. Harris compiled 23 goals and a BCHL-best 75 assists.

The Wild also took home awards for finishing first overall in the regular season.

“It was a great season for us,” said Harris. “We ended up putting banners up in the arena for best regular season and getting first in our division for the regular season. The biggest highlight of the season for the team was definitely clinching that regular-season first-place banner. A personal highlight was obtaining those awards after the season.

“Those individual awards mean a lot to me, but I have to thank my teammates and coaches for those awards. They’re the reason I got those.”

Harris, who started playing hockey when he was six years old, began playing roller hockey and switched to ice, where he grew up playing for the Las Vegas Outlaws. He then went to the California Titans for his Bantam AA year, back home to the Nevada Storm for 16U AAA and then returned to the Titans for another year of 16U AAA.

Peter Torsson (with the Titans) was great influence on me in developing some of the important little things that have helped me,” said Harris.

Now, the college game awaits Harris. Admittedly, he’s not sure what to expect next season.

“Haven’t really thought much about it,” Harris said. “Just take it as one game at a time and give it my all. Should be a lot of fun. Long-term goal is to ride out hockey as long as I can and hopefully, play some pro hockey.”

— Matt Mackinder