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Chiefs’ McIntosh settles in to Spokane

Here's a feature on Spokane Chiefs 18-year-old defenseman Jeremy McIntosh, who was born in Minneapolis but spent most of his years in Calgary, Alberta. Read story

McIntosh said his father was more of an “offensive defenseman” because of his smaller size. Jeremy stands 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds.

Jeremy never wavered in his decision to follow his father's choice of position.

“Every little kid wants to score goals, but for some reason I decided to be a 'D' man and I haven’t looked back since,” he said.

McIntosh said last year's injuries gave him a chance to play more games than expected of a 17-year-old. 

“I felt like it was the right time and I tried to make it hard for (coach) Don (Nachbaur) to pull me out of the lineup,” McIntosh said.

McIntosh said former assistant coach Jon Klemm inspired him to be competitive and “play with an edge.”

“I’m not the most skilled guy, so you have to have certain attributes to your game to become successful,” McIntosh said.

McIntosh said the Chiefs' up-and-down season can be explained by inconsistency.

“We’ll go on for two games and then go off for two games,” he said. “We have to have a better start to our games and that needs to be a focus for our team. When you’re working from behind, it’s hard to come back and get the momentum going.”

McIntosh said that inconsistent play has cost the Chiefs, especially against Seattle. Spokane hosts the Thunderbirds on Wednesday night and plays at Seattle on Friday.


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