SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs announced today that Scott Carter will become the organization’s new general manager. Carter will be formally introduced at a press conference at Spokane Arena’s Dry Fly restaurant on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Carter, of Penticton, B.C., has over 28 years of experience as a hockey scout, business manager and entrepreneur. From 1987 to 2015, he worked as a regional professional and amateur scout for three National Hockey League franchises – Vancouver, Anaheim and Toronto – scouting the Western Hockey League and British Columbia Hockey League. He just recently completed a consulting position with the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.
In 2004, Carter organized a community ownership group to purchase the Penticton Vees of the BCHL. As President and General Manager, he was voted the league’s Executive of the Year in 2005. The Vees have transformed into a Junior “A” powerhouse, culminating in a Royal Bank Cup (national championship) in 2012.
In 1991, he co-founded the British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame in Penticton, B.C., a non-profit society honoring important figures in the province’s hockey history. The Hall has since become a respected institution, raising over $2 million to date for British Columbia charities.
Carter also boasts a strong business acumen as he has been involved with Vaughn Custom Sports, a world leader in goaltending equipment, since 1983. He became a part owner and President of the company in 1996. He was also instrumental in building a partnership between Vaughn Custom Sports and Hockey Canada to update their goaltending development program.
He was also a co-founder of the Western Professional Hockey League in 1994, researching and establishing six original franchises in non-traditional hockey markets. He sold his shares in 1996 to become a full partner in Vaughn.
Carter replaces Tim Speltz, who stepped down after 26 years in the same position after accepting a job with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Spokane Chiefs open the 2016-17 regular season on the road on September 24 before kicking off the home schedule with Bud Light Opening Night & Pre-Game Party on Saturday, October 1 versus the Tri-City Americans at Spokane Arena. Ticket packages are on sale now and start as low as $70. For more information, stop by the Chiefs’ Ticket Office in-person on the southeast corner of Spokane Arena, call 509-535-PUCK or click here. For single game tickets, click here.
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