I saw a couple tweets from Spokane Chiefs players yesterday afternoon as they were rolling into Prince George, British Columbia, after an 18-hour bus ride that covered nearly 700 miles. I got to thinking - I've never been to Prince George. I wish part of my job was traveling to cover the road games - no matter what the distance. But with papers the way they are now, here's the response I would get if I were to suggest such a thing: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Pause for effect. Followed by more laughter. A beat writer can dream.
I have been to some away games to watch Spokane (during the 2007-08 season I visited Lethbridge (twice), Calgary, Medicine Hat, Everett, Vancouver, Tri-City, and of course Kitchener, Ontario). But Prince George - I've never been there. Good thing there are google angels watching over me. There's more below.
All I did was google "Prince George" and here's what I found. Yikes. Hope the Chiefs are using the buddy system when they wander away from the pack.
The Chiefs are up north for a pair of games against former Chiefs goalie Mac Engel and the Prince George Cougars - who they beat 3-2 on Saturday night. Spokane and Prince George play tonight and tomorrow, then Spokane heads to Everett for a Friday game against the Silvertips and to Kennewick on Saturday, when the Chiefs will take on Tri-City for the third time this season.
Here's a game advance from the Prince George Citizen. Check back after the game for more.
Also, you may have noticed the photo above is old. It's from the Michael Grabner era. We've got a surprise for you next week on a former Chief - Spokane product Derek Ryan, who is playing with Grabner in Austria while Grabner waits for the NHL Lockout to end.