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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 7:01 p.m.

Fitness testing signals the start of first Spokane Chiefs training camp for new coach Manny Viveiros

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 …


Spokane Chiefs sign goalie Lukas Parik to WHL Agreement

Spokane selected Parik in the first round of this year’s CHL Import Draft with the 43rd overall pick.


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 8:58 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs see seamless transition to new coach Manny Viveiros

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 6:43 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs name former Western Hockey League champion Manny Viveiros new head 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.


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 7:04 p.m.

Trio of Spokane Chiefs players get valuable experience at NHL development camps

A little more than a year ago, the National Hockey League draft came to its end, and Eli Zummack’s name wasn’t called. Thirteen days ago, the NHL Draft came to …


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

Chiefs forward Adam Beckman selected by Minnesota Wild in third round of NHL draft, Luke Toporowski goes undrafted

The 18-year-old from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, scored a team-leading 32 goals and added 30 assists in 68 games last season for the Chiefs.


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 9:53 p.m.

Coach Dan Lambert leaves Spokane Chiefs to be an assistant with NHL’s Nashville Predators

Spokane Chiefs coach Dan Lambert has been hired as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators, the NHL team announced Tuesday. Lambert coached two seasons with the Chiefs, leading the …


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.


UPDATED: Sat., May 25, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Chiefs’ Ty Smith named CHL Defenseman of the Year

Spokane Chiefs defenseman Ty Smith has been named Canadian Hockey League Defenseman of the Year, the CHL announced Saturday.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs select 11 players in WHL Bantam Draft

The Spokane Chiefs made forward Ben Thornton their top pick and added 10 other players Thursday in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 5:24 p.m.

Chiefs’ Ty Smith named WHL Defenseman of the Year

Spokane Chiefs defenseman Ty Smith has been named the Western Hockey League’s Defenseman of the Year, the league announced on Wednesday.


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 11:18 p.m.

Comeback falls short as Spokane Chiefs ousted from WHL playoffs after 3-2 loss to Vancouver

Four poor periods and a power play that suddenly went ice-cold sunk the Spokane Chiefs in the Western Conference finals.


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 6:44 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs have little room for error in must-win game at Vancouver

Down 3-1 heading into Game 5 Friday against the Vancouver Giants in Langley, British Columbia, the Chiefs must win three straight to advance to the Chynoweth Cup Finals.


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 11:04 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs squander third-period lead, lose in overtime to Vancouver

Vancouver’s Dawson Holt scored at 7:07 of the extra period Wednesday night, giving the Giants a 4-3 win over the host Spokane Chiefs in Game 4 of the Western Conference …


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 11:30 p.m.

Defensive-minded Spokane Chiefs take 3-0 playoff series lead over Everett

Conventional wisdom says the Spokane Chiefs shouldn’t be up 3-0 in their second-round playoff series with the Everett Silvertips. The Chiefs have been outshot in all three games against the …


John Blanchette: Spokane Chiefs’ depth makes powerful statement in postseason

The consensus is that for drama, hockey’s playoffs have it all over basketball – the big-league, best-of-7 kind, anyway – despite all those tension-filled advanced-the-ball timeouts in the NBA’s DNA.


UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Chiefs use third-period surge to win Game 1 at Everett 6-3

Ethan McIndoe scored two goals and added an assist, and the Spokane Chiefs used a four-goal third period to pull away and defeat the Everett Silvertips in Game 1 of …


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs leave regular-season record against Everett in rearview mirror ahead of WHL playoff series

In eight games during the regular season, the Spokane Chiefs won just twice against the Everett Silvertips, their second round playoff opponent in a series that begins Saturday in Everett.


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Adam Beckman has gone from ‘wait-and-see’ prospect to rookie phenom for Spokane Chiefs

Adam Beckman now looks entirely like the kind of 17-year-old player NHL scouts linger after a game to meet.


UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019, 11:23 p.m.

Luke Toporowski scores twice, Spokane Chiefs top Portland to advance in WHL playoffs

Luke Toporowski spent Game 2 of the Spokane Chiefs’ first-round playoff series with the Portland Winterhawks away from the team, stricken with the flu.


UPDATED: Fri., March 29, 2019, 7:19 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs return home with two-game advantage in playoff series with Portland

After splitting the first two games in Spokane, the Chiefs needed to overcome two-goal deficits in the third and fourth games in Portland, and needed a hero in overtime in …


Adam Beckman’s overtime goal caps Chiefs’ late rally at Portland

Adam Beckman’s power-play goal 4 minutes, 39 seconds into overtime capped Spokane’s rally from a 3-1 third-period deficit Wednesday night as the Chiefs pushed Portland to the brink of elimination …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Riley Woods’ overtime goal gives Spokane Chiefs 2-1 series lead over Portland

Riley Woods’ overtime goal Tuesday gave the Spokane Chiefs a 5-4 victory against the Portland Winterhawks in Game 3 of their Western Hockey League first-round playoff series at Veterans Memorial …


UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019, 11:11 p.m.

Spokane squanders early lead as Portland levels playoff series with 5-3 win

The Spokane Chiefs entered Saturday’s third period up 2-1 on the Portland Winterhawks and were 20 minutes away from heading to Portland up 2-0 in their first round playoff series.


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 11:13 p.m.

Chiefs ride power-play unit to playoff-opening win over Portland

The Spokane Chiefs had the league’s best power-play unit during the regular season. Now that the playoffs have started, the team isn’t letting up.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs trending in right direction ahead of WHL playoff opener against Portland

The Spokane Chiefs and Portland Winterhawks enter the first round of the playoffs heading in slightly different directions.


Chiefs’ Ty Smith named top defenseman in Western Conference and first-team all-star; Riley Woods makes second team

The Western Hockey League announced Wednesday that defenseman Ty Smith has been named the Western Conference Defenseman of the Year as well as a Western Conference First-Team All-Star. The league …


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs net 10 goals, thump rival Tri-City to close out regular season

Adam Beckman scored his first career hat trick in the win. Beckman finished his rookie season with 32 goals.


Jake McGrew’s hat trick helps Chiefs move closer to second place in division

Jake McGrew’s hat trick Friday helped keep alive the Spokane Chiefs’ goal of home-ice advantage in the playoffs.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Chiefs waste two 3-goal leads before beating Rockets 6-5 in OT

Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored a goal 34 seconds into overtime and the Spokane Chiefs pulled out a 6-5 Western Hockey League victory over the Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday after blowing a …