Jake McGrew scored twice, including a go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and the Spokane Chiefs opened their Western Hockey League campaign with a 4-3 victory over Kamloops at Sandman Centre on Friday.
For one, there’s a new coaching staff. And the names fans are used to seeing – Anderson-Dolan, Reid, Woods, Brkin, Ty Smith – won’t be on the backs of any jerseys.
Ethan McIndoe took the ice at Eagles Ice Arena during practice recently, the old man and a sea of 16- and 17-year-old skaters.
The number of Spokane Chiefs players who skated onto the ice sheet at Eagles Ice Arena was notably smaller on Wednesday, as expected.
Cordel Larson’s performance Sunday in the Spokane Chiefs’ annual Red-White scrimmage showed fans that Larson is no longer a newcomer but one of the team’s veterans to be leaned on.
The Spokane Chiefs’ annual reunion was in full swing Thursday at the Arena, where new coaches and prospects got to skate with the veterans for the first time in a while, if not ever.
Following an afternoon of pushups, pull-ups, squats and jumps, nearly four dozen Spokane Chiefs hockey prospects capped the first day of training camp by running circles around the North Central football team.
With training camp and the 2019-20 season approaching, the Spokane Chiefs have released two 20-year-old players, goaltender Bailey Brkin and forward Kaden Hanas, to give the team some overage flexibility. Both cleared Western Hockey League waivers and are free agents. Brkin appeared in 52 regular-season games during the 2018-19 campaign with a 2.75 goals-against average and started all 15 of the Chiefs’ playoff games with a 2.55 GAA. The Chiefs addressed their goaltending by acquiring Czech goalie Lukas Parik in the import draft.
The Spokane Chiefs announced Friday the signing of Russian defenseman Matvei Startsev to a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement.
Spokane selected Parik in the first round of this year’s CHL Import Draft with the 43rd overall pick.
As Bobby Brett tells it, when Scott Carter hired Dan Lambert two years ago to coach the Spokane Chiefs hockey team, the general manager told the Chiefs’ managing partner that they were probably getting a two-year coach.
Manny Viveiros, who won a Western Hockey League championship two seasons ago with the Swift Current Broncos, was named Tuesday as the Chiefs head coach, the 13th in franchise history.