Surrey Eagles will be doing at least one "roadsie" to central Washington State next season.
The Wenatchee Wild will join the BCHL as its 17th franchise starting with the 2015-16 season, the team and league announced Monday (June 1) at a media conference.
As a U.S.-based club, the Wild will be allowed to roster a maximum of four Canadian players, league officials said.
The Wild will become the first U.S.-based franchise in the BCHL since the Bellingham Ice Hawks, which operated from 1990 to 1995.
â€œThe BCHL is gaining a strong franchise in the Wenatchee Wild and we value the passion and professionalism they bring to our league,â€ said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale.
â€œThe Wild will quickly develop rivalries with our existing franchises and I believe they will be a big draw in opposing buildings.â€
In the BCHL full-interlock schedule, all teams play a home-and-home series with each of the other teams.
The Wild had been a member the North American Hockey League (NAHL) since the 2008-09 season. They have had a winning record in each of their seven seasons of existence and this past season, they had six players on their roster committed to NCAA Div. I programs. Playing out of Wenatcheeâ€™s Town Toyota Center, the team averages about 3,000 fans at home games.