Mitch Wahl of LA heading to HC TWK Innsbruck for 2017-18 season
Monday, September 29, 2017
By Lee Samuels
Mitch Wahl, a star goal scorer and a NHL second round draft pick from Los Angeles, has signed with HC TWK Innsbruck headed by Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin.
The announcement was made today.
Wahl, 27, played in the AAA Cal Wave 16u and the AAA L.A. Jr Kings 16u hockey programs. He played four seasons with the WHL Spokane Chiefs, skated on a USA 20u team and was drafted in the second round by the NHL Calgary Flames in 2008.
“We saw first Mitch years ago when I was coaching Chris Francis and a Las Vegas midget level team which played against the AAA L.A. Jr Kings in El Segundo,” Pallin said today in Las Vegas. “I liked everything I saw in Mitch in that game – his compete level, the way he ran a powerplay, led his team. I always wanted to have him on one of our teams and at last it has worked out.”
Pallin was named the ‘Coach of the Year’ in the Austria Hockey League last season. His Innsbruck team made the playoffs, drew extraordinary festive crowds.
“We have elite players on our Innsbruck team – like Hunter Bishop for example and many others. We have a great powerplay run by great players. Those are the kind of players you need to compete in our league. It is very competitive and you need the best players.”
Wahl played for the AHL Abbotsford Heat, ECHL Utah Grizzlies, Idaho Steelheads and Florida Everblades.
Coach Rob, wife Dora and baby Emily plan to depart Las Vegas on July 25 to head for Innsbruck. There Rob will open camp and get Innsbruck ready for the new season.