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Chiefs to Make WHL History With First-Ever Outdoor Game

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The Spokane Chiefs said Wednesday they would play the Kootenay Ice Jan. 15 outdoors at Avista Stadium (Photo: SWX) The Spokane Chiefs said Wednesday they would play the Kootenay Ice Jan. 15 outdoors at Avista Stadium (Photo: SWX)

SPOKANE, Wash. - Grab your coats, hockey fans. The Spokane Chiefs are jumping on the outdoor bandwagon, hosting a game this winter under the lights at Avista Stadium against the Kootenay Ice.

The Chiefs formally announced their plan Wednesday at a news conference at the stadium – from second base. The outdoor game on January 15 will be the first-ever outdoor game in the Western Hockey League.

With the game, the team expects to attract attention - and visitors - from around the western United States and Canada, providing the Spokane economy with an added boost during the winter months.

Tickets for the game go on sale Thursday for existing package holders. Other packages and individual tickets will be sold at a later date.

The Chiefs said they still have to work out many of the details, including how the stadium will be transformed from a baseball venue to one that will hold a hockey event. But they said they were confident they could work with all existing parties, including county officials, to make the game a success.

The Chiefs start fall camp on Thursday at Spokane Arena, their home ice. The annual Red-White scrimmage is scheduled for Aug. 29.

The Calgary Hitmen also announced plans to host an outdoor game this upcoming season. They'll host the Regina Pats at McMahon Stadium, but the game won't be until late February.


Chiefs Get 18-Year-Old Defenseman

The Chiefs also announced on Tuesday that they'd acquired 18-year-old defenseman Bruin McDonald from Prince George for a conditional sixth-round pick in next summer's Bantam Draft.

McDonald scored three goals and seven assists last season.

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