Garrett James Photography

Wenatchee Wild player profile: Quinn Emerson

When examining the career of Wenatchee Wild forward Quinn Emerson, let’s start when he played for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings from ages 13 through 18. As a 15-year-old, he played 17 games and had seven points on four goals and three assists. Not stellar numbers, but pretty good. The following season at age 16 was better for him as he had 20 points in 36 games.

Emerson then finished his AAA career at the 18U level. In 2018-19, he played 30 games for the Jr. Kings 18U team in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League and 53 games for the 18U AAA squad. If you combine the numbers, he had 47 points in 83 games and then moved on to junior hockey.

Making the jump to the BC Hockey League

Emerson’s first BCHL season was 2019-20 and he scored eight goals and eight assists, tallying 16 points in 53 games. He also played five games in the playoffs and scored one goal as the Wild was eliminated in five games in the first round by the Vernon Vipers.

Shortly after that, Wenatchee took a hiatus for the 2020-21 BC Hockey League season due to the pandemic and Emerson decided to play for the Lone Star Brahmas in the North American Hockey League. He played in 34 games and had two goals and three assists. Playoff-wise, he posted one goal in three games.

After his season in the NAHL unfolded with the Brahmas, Emerson returned to the Wild to finish his junior hockey career in 2021-22. It was announced shortly before the season began that he would be captain of the Wenatchee Wild, and for the young team, he was the leader it needed.

Emerson had his best season yet, totalling 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points in 53 games. The Wild finished the season in seventh in the Interior Conference and advanced to the playoffs. In a seven-game series, the Wild were eliminated by the Salmon Arm Silverbacks by a score of 6 to 3.

For career totals, in two seasons with the Wild, Emerson played 53 games and had 53 points. He played in a dozen BCHL playoff games and had eight goals and two assists.

Although he only spent two seasons with the Wild, he made a great impact on the team and his leadership surely helped guide Wenatchee’s young players on and off the ice.

Emerson had already announced his commitment to Bowling Green State University prior to joining the Wild and he’ll start his NCAA hockey career and college education at the Ohio-based school this September.