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UPDATED: Thu., June 18, 2020

Team safety, fans in stands key to Spokane Chiefs, WHL returning to play

If the Spokane Chiefs and the rest of the Western Hockey League return to play this fall, they will only do so if fans are in attendance.


WHL’s Portland Winterhawks in search of new ownership solution

The WHL released a statement Sunday following reports the Winterhawks’ parent company, Portland Winterhawks Inc., reportedly filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy, and that the major junior hockey team had been …


UPDATED: Tue., April 21, 2020

Spokane Chiefs’ Adam Beckman named Western Hockey League’s Western Conference Player of the Year

A body of work that was statistically the best in the Western Hockey League earned the Spokane Chiefs’ Adam Beckman Western Conference Player of the Year honors.


UPDATED: Mon., March 23, 2020

WHL playoffs, Memorial Cup canceled by Canadian Hockey League

Nearly a week after shuttering its regular season, the Western Hockey League on Monday had its postseason canceled as well.


UPDATED: Wed., March 18, 2020

WHL cancels remainder of regular season; playoffs still possible

The Western Hockey League regular season is officially over. Following a meeting with the WHL Board of Governors and consultation with medical professionals it was determined that the remaining 54 …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 9, 2020

Graham Sward’s assist sparks Spokane Chiefs to 5-3 win over Everett Silvertips

The course of a hockey game can change on a big goal or a big hit. But can it change on an assist? If you’re the Spokane Chiefs, absolutely. Sixteen-year-old …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

Everett Silvertips continue mastery of Spokane Chiefs

Everett scored a pair of goals less than 2 minutes apart in the second period, breaking a tie, and the Silvertips picked up their seventh win in eight meetings against …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Adam Beckman scores twice in Spokane’s 4-2 win over Seattle

Adam Beckman scored twice, and Spokane overwhelmed Seattle in the second period en route to a 4-2 victory in a Western Hockey League showdown at the ShoWare Center on Tuesday …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Rookie goaltender Lukas Parik stops 33 shots as Spokane Chiefs win

Lukas Parik is a rookie goaltender living in a new country and playing at the highest level for his age group.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 17, 2019

Everett Silvertips get best of Spokane Chiefs for fourth straight time

The Everett Silvertips continue to hold the upper hand against the Spokane Chiefs this Western Hockey League season.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 3, 2019

Penalty-shot goal in overtime lifts Everett Silvertips over Spokane Chiefs

The Everett Silvertips are stingy on defense and have enough skill on offense that any mistake can cost you big time. The Spokane Chiefs learned that hard lesson after Bryce …


Vancouver Giants edge Chiefs 2-1 in sixth round of shootout

Justin Lies scored a goal with 1:08 left in regulation and Tanner Brown scored the game-winner in the sixth round of a shootout to lift the Vancouver Giants to a …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Spokane Chiefs mix reunions, introductions during first day of training camp

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 …


Spokane Chiefs sign Russian Matvei Startsev to standard player agreement

The Spokane Chiefs announced Friday the signing of Russian defenseman Matvei Startsev to a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement.


Spokane Chiefs select goaltender Lukas Parik, defenseman Matvei Startsev in import draft

The Spokane Chiefs selected goaltender Lukas Parik with the 43rd overall pick and defenseman Matvei Startsev with the 103rd during Thursday’s 2019 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.


Chiefs sign 2019 No. 1 pick Ben Thornton

The Spokane Chiefs announced Monday that 2019 Bantam Draft first-round pick Ben Thornton has signed a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement with the team.


Spokane Chiefs extend head coach Dan Lambert’s contract

The Spokane Chiefs announced Tuesday that head coach Dan Lambert has signed a contract extension to remain with the Western Hockey League team.


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019

Future looks bright after Chiefs’ best season since 2011

When you look at how the Spokane Chiefs’ season ended – in five games to the top-seeded Vancouver Giants – you can point to two stats: one power play goal …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019

Jake McGrew’s overtime goal gives Chiefs breakthrough win against Vancouver in conference final

It wasn’t a must-win game, but it wasn’t far from one. The Spokane Chiefs, down 2-0 in the Western Conference Championship series against the Vancouver Giants, came home Tuesday looking …


Chiefs at home hoping to erase 2-0 deficit against Giants

The Spokane Chiefs were 20 minutes away Saturday from earning a road split to open the Western Conference Championship against the Vancouver Giants. But in just 3:21, their 2-0 lead …


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Chiefs come out flat in Game 1 at Vancouver

LANGLEY, B.C. – A flat effort in the opening game of the Western Conference Finals has the Spokane Chiefs in unfamiliar territory, trailing a Western Hockey League playoff series for …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019

Spokane Chiefs continue hair-raising adventures in Western Hockey League playoffs

Nolan Reid waited many years to play meaningful hockey games in April, so it’s a big deal to him that the Spokane Chiefs are in the Western Conference finals.


UPDATED: Sun., April 14, 2019

Lot of similarities in Chiefs-Giants Western Conference Final showdown

When the 2018-19 season started, the Spokane Chiefs were a trendy pick in the Western Hockey League’s U.S. Division. The Chiefs even started the season in the Canadian Hockey League’s …


Spokane Chiefs’ playoff drive benefits from Eli Zummack’s hot hand

Out with an injury for a six-game stretch in January, Eli Zummack was relegated to watching Spokane Chiefs games from the stands of the Arena or from his laptop at …


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019

Chiefs grab home-ice advantage for first round of playoffs against Portland

The Spokane Chiefs are in a familiar spot. They just finished their second consecutive season with at least 40 wins and are rewarded with a first-round playoff date with the …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018

Everett Silvertips play keep away from Spokane Chiefs in 3-1 victory

The Western Hockey League doesn’t track possession time as an official stat, but if it did, the Everett Silvertips’ numbers would have been through the roof Friday night.


Nightmare in the net: Bailey Brkin finds success between the pipes for Spokane Chiefs

When the Kootenay Ice traded Bailey Brkin to the Chiefs at the Western Hockey League trade deadline in January, he fully understood why.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018

Spokane Chiefs happy to be back on home ice after 11-day road trip

During their six-game road trip, the Chiefs crisscrossed the Canadian province – even journeying across the Manitoba border to play Brandon – and covered approximately 2,700 miles (or about 4,300 …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018

Jack Finley’s late marker lifts Spokane Chiefs over Brandon

Jack Finley scored his second goal of the night with less than 3 minutes to go and the Spokane Chiefs edged the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-4 in Western Hockey League …


Spokane’s Derek Ryan, Kailer Yamamoto, Tyler Johnson fulfilled NHL dreams along different paths

It was a special night one year ago today for hockey fans and followers in Spokane.