BCHL Today: Littler steps down as Wild head coach and Canada West falls in WJAC exhibition

Winds of change in Wenatchee as Littler steps down as coach

For the first time since the 2011-12 season, the Wenatchee Wild have a coach not named Bliss Littler. The Wild announced that Littler has stepped down from the head coaching position due to health concerns.

Littler is the winningest coach in American junior hockey history. Assistant coach Chris Clark takes over the head job in the interim.

Russia beats Canada West in WJAC exhibition opener

Coquitlam Express forward Massimo Rizzo and Trail Smoke Eaters forward Kent Johnson scored for Canada West as part of a three goal first period, but Russia scored six unanswered to win 6-3 in World Junior A Championship exhibition action Thursday night.

Canada West opens the tournament on Saturday against the United States. It’s a 6 pm PST start.