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Walchuk found new home with Chiefs

Dylan Walchuk took a meandering road before ending up with the Spokane Chiefs about one year ago. His addition has brought extra offensive firepower to Spokane. Read story

Walchuk's father, who played hockey but not at the level Dylan does, got his son involved with his first hockey team at age 4.

Walchuk wasn't selected in the bantam draft when he was 14 years old. One of the teams he thought might draft him was Spokane's big rival, the Tri-City Americans.

“I talked to a few team,” he said. “I knew there was a chance, but I wasn't expecting for sure to get drafted. But I guess it ended up working out pretty good.”

Dylan's mother passed on a chance to have him in her third-grade class.

“There'd be too much of a conflict at home,” Dylan said.

Walchuk said there's not much adjustment in playing in the WHL after playing in college.

He said that before he heard from the Chiefs last year he figured he might not be on their protected list anymore.

The WHL's trade deadline is Jan. 10.

“I think there are probably nerves with everybody,” Walchuk said. “They may not talk about it or show it, but I think it's in the back of your mind.”

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