Wild (British Columbia Hockey League) bench boss Bliss Littler is the
winningest head coach in USA Hockey history at the Tier I and II levels for a
reason…he simply puts in the work.
takes an incredible amount of perseverance to reach the pinnacle of the junior
hockey coaching ranks and Littler has refused to cut corners all the way up
With nearly three decades of experience, Littler continues to raise the bar in each season. The last seven of those years have been in the
northwest with the Wenatchee Wild. Prior to arriving in Wenatchee, Bliss spent
eleven years in the United States Hockey League as a Head Coach/General Manager
with the Omaha Lancers, Tri City Storm, and the Topeka Scarecrows.
times he served as a coach for USA Hockey in international competitions. He
launched his coaching career by spending seven years with the Billings Bulls of
the AFHL and AWHL where he won five Borne Cups. He sported an overall record of
326-210-59 in the USHL, winning one Anderson Cup.
his career, he has coached over three hundred players that have moved on to
play Division I hockey. He has also coached twenty five NHL draft picks
including two first round picks. He’s seen over twenty of his former players
advance to the NHL.
Littler is the coaches' coach and one of the most respected names in the game.
has a fiery passion for what he does, and his passion fuels the franchise. He
is involved in every aspect of the operation on both the hockey side and the
business side,” broadcaster Arch Ecker said of his boss and friend. “He works
tirelessly to help everyone around him be successful, and people respond
positively to that energy.”
mind is constantly on how to get better. He reaches out to others asking how to
improve. He reads many motivational books each year, I’m not sure there is one
out there he hasn't read,” wife Gretchen said of her husband. “He is a true
leader in every sense of the word, his actions and work ethics easily carry
over to our family. Bliss' dedication to staying positive, and always seeking
on how to get better, have excelled him to where he is today. He has also formed
relationships with many and places values each one.”
are very few within the game that have earned the level of respect that Bliss
enjoys. That speaks volumes about who Littler is as a man, teacher, mentor,
friend, husband, and hockey coach. I could not be prouder to also have the privilege
to call him my friend.
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