Blade Jenkins and Bode Wilde's hockey connection has helped lead Spirit resurgence
the pair have been linked in hockey for years and now the Spirit are reaping the benefits...
By: Jason Marcoux
02nd January, 2019
Saginaw Spirit defenseman Bode Wilde and forward Blade Jenkins have been linked a lot throughout their respective hockey careers; from attending the same high school (TPH) while playing together in the United States National Team Development Program, to both players committing to play NCAA hockey at the University of Michigan and then de-committing from UofM to join the Spirit, where both eventually ended up being drafted by the same NHL team, the New York Islanders in the 2018 NHL draft this past summer.
Well, now the pair have been leading a resurgent Spirit team with nearly identical offensive numbers since Dec 1, of this year.
Both Jenkins and Wilde each have 37-points apiece respectively this season, and both have stepped up with 17-points apiece respectively since Dec 1, leading the team in the absence of scoring leader Cole Coskey while Coskey was competing for a spot on the 2019 team USA U20 WJC roster.
Jenkins, who had 20-points (7-goals, 13-assists) in the first 26 games for the Spirit this year, has 17-points (9-goals, 8-assists) in the ten games since Dec 1, just over a month ago.
Wilde, like Jenkins, also had 20-points (4-goals, 16-assists) in the first 26 games this year and he also has 17-points (5-goals, 12-assists) in the last ten games for the Spirit as well.
The pair will be in Flint tonight when the Spirit look to secure back to back Coors Light 2019 I-75 Divide Cup Series trophies with a 7:30 pm face off at the Dort Federal Events Center in Flint, MI tonight.