Wenatchee Wild Stories – #8 Ean Somoza
The Wenatchee Wild is a Junior A hockey team who play in the British Columbia Hockey League.
The BCHL is a great league to earn a full ride scholarship at Universities across North America.
The Wild play in the 4,300 seat Town Toyota Center. “The Wolves Den” has provided loud support during their play in the NAHL (North American Hockey League) from 2008 - 2015 and recently in the BCHL (from 2015 to present).
The Wenatchee Wild are led by Head Coach Chris Clark.
Our next edition of this season's Wenatchee Wild Stories - Features forward #8 Ean Somoza. He is a 20 year old junior hockey veteran, playing in his second and final season with the Wild. Ean Somoza came to squad after playing two seasons with the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL. In the Fall, Ean will play his college hockey at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Ean Samoza started out in the Los Angeles Jr Kings hockey program.
Connor: Ean, Thank you for agreeing to chat with us. Where’s home?
Ean Somoza: Simi Valley, California (about 45 minutes out of L.A.)
C: What's your favorite NHL team?
ES: The New Jersey Devils.
C: Who is your favorite NHL player and why?
ES: Ilya Kovalchuk (former NHL winger) – he was good when he was with the Devils.
C: What's your earliest memory of hockey?
ES: I think skating around the roller rink when I was a young kid.
C: Who inspired you to want to play hockey at a higher level?
ES: I think my older brother did. He’s always been a good role model. He’s seven years older than me so he’s kind of paved the way. He played juniors before me and he also played Division I. Now he plays pro, in the ECHL. (Ethan Somoza - plays for the Greenville Swamp Rabbits)
C: What do you like about Wenatchee?
ES: There are a lot of things to like about Wenatchee, but I like that it’s a smaller, close-knit town, and I think the fans have a huge impact.
C: What are your favorite places to eat in Wenatchee and what do you order?
ES: I’d say El Porton’s my favorite, and I get the enchiladas there.
C: What's your favorite opposing arena to play at and why?
ES: I like playing in Penticton – it’s a really nice rink and the fans get going there.
C: Give us something Coach Clarky has taught you since you joined the Wild?
Ean Somoza: I’d say just to stay level-headed, never get too high and never get too low, even if the game’s going bad or we got a good start, always stay level-headed and take it from there.
Connor: Ean, thanks for taking time to visit and thank you for batting for our favorite hockey team! You can follow #8, Ean Somoza on Instagram: @EanSomoza98
The Wild’s next home game in the Wolves Den is Saturday March 4th vs. the Chilliwack Chiefs
Saturday night March 4th
Chilliwack @ Wenatchee Wild
Its Guns & Hoses Night!
Get there early! Its Guns & Hoses Night
Police vs Fire: 4pm puck drop
Chiefs vs Wild: 6pm puck drop
Town Toyota Center - Wenatchee, WA
Radio: Newsradio 560 KPQ (and on the free KPQ app for ANY device)
Streaming online: HOCKEYTV