The Spokane Chiefs have reassigned goaltender Chase Martin to the Calgary Canucks of the AJHL. Martin made two appearances, including one start, for the Chiefs this season and is 0-1-0-0 with a 3.61 goals against average. The move leaves the Chiefs with two goaltenders, James Reid and Michael Tadjdeh.
The Western Hockey League has issued a one game suspension to Chiefs forward T.C. Cratsenberg for receiving a major penalty and a game misconduct versus the Tri-City Americans on Saturday. Cratsenberg will serve his suspension on Wednesday night when the Chiefs host the Brandon Wheat Kings.
The Brandon game begins four games in five nights. Firday the Chiefs go to Kelowna and then have a home-and-home with Portland, with Saturday’s game in Spokane, Sunday’s ‘in the Rose City.
In a WHL note, Kamloops fired its coach. Keep reading for the story.
Craig Bonner, Vice President and General Manager of the Hockey Club, has announced that the Club has dismissed Barry Smith as Head Coach.
”Our results this year are not acceptable,” Bonner said. “We will not tolerate being an average team at this stage. I particularly disliked our structure and the direction our team was headed, along with the lack of emotion we have shown of late. Since I saw little to suggest that the team was trying to make the adjustments necessary to turn our play around, we had little option but to make a change.”
Bonner added, “We want an aggressive type of play. We want an emotional and hard-working team. We want a team that is not standing on their heels.”
Assistant Coach Scott Ferguson will assume the position of Interim Head Coach until further notice. Geoff Smith will remain as an Assistant Coach in a more enhanced role.