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Posts tagged: Jared Spurgeon

Former Chiefs on the move thanks to NHL Lockout

I got the chance to chat with former Spokane Chiefs and current Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock while he was at the Chiefs game on Saturday, and below you'll find an unedited version of the story that followed. The Chiefs (4-1-0-0) are back in action tonight in Kelowna and will take on Kamloops - ranked in the CHL's Top Ten - on Friday before returning to Spokane on Saturday to host Vancouver at the Arena.

Tidbits from the Spokane Chiefs

Bet you didn't know former Spokane Chiefs defenseman Jared Spurgeon is the leading scorer among blue-liners for the Minnesota Wild.

On the home front, Brenden Kichton is returned from the Team Canada camp but Dominik Uher will be headed to join the Czech Republic for the World Junior tournament. Also, Corbin Baldwin has lost the mullet.

Unconfirmed but the hot rumor around Spokane Chiefs hockey is that Tanner Mort, who has been scratched from the last five games, including tonight, has requested a trade. Other scratches are Tyler King and Carter Proft.

Stories on ex-Chiefs Spurgeon & Bowman

For your hockey reading please a couple of stories about former Spokane Chiefs.

The WHL has an alumni spotlight on Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon.

TheCarolina Hurricanes talk to Drayson Bowman after the winger is called up from the minors.

Spurgeon getting noticed in NHL

About ready to drop the puck at the Arena with the Saskatoon Blades, one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Division, taking on the Spokane Chiefs.

The scratches are Hambling, King, Wedman and Nelson for the Chiefs. Mac Engel is in goal.

Jared Spurgeon's hometown newspaper, The Edmonton Sun, visits with the former Spokane Chief, who went from free agent to the National Hockey League in less than a season.

Former Chiefs prospect Josh McEwan is now involved in fighting poverty in Cambodia. Here's what he wrote on his Facebook page: Getting down to crunch time, a couple days until we leave!! But for anyone that doesn't know… I will be biking 144km across Cambodia to break the cycle of poverty for Cambodian children. I will be voluntarily suffering both physically and emotionally for the ones who are suffering involuntarily. If you feel compassion towards this situation please do your part and take action by donating to the children. Something as little as $5 can buy a box of screws for the safe homes and a donation as much as $1000 will save a child's life. On behalf of the hundreds of deserving children, THANKS!!… Just click the link below for more info…

Found a story about the Norfolk Admirals linemate of former Chief Tyler Johnson, who is succeeding despite diabetes.

Lot on line for Johnson, Chiefs

The Spokane Chiefs come off a successful 10 days of road games in first place in the Western Division of the Western Hockey League. While they try to keep the momentum going at home, local product Tyler Johnson nears a milestone with a chance to win the scoring title. With just 8 home games left before the playoffs, time is running out to see the Central Valley graduate in this chase. The Chiefs play Seattle tonight, with Prince George coming in on Friday and Tri-City on Saturday, which is Pink night for breast cancer awareness. (Also, former Chief Jared Spurgeon scored his first NHL goal last night … considering he was playing in Spokane last year as an unsigned 20-year old, it's a great story.)

Chiefs win shootout; Jared Spurgeon getting noticed

It was teddy bear toss in Vancouver, spoiled  by the Spokane Chiefs when Blake Gal was the only one of six shooters to score in the shoot-out. That’s four wins in a row for the Chiefs heading into a home game tonight against Kamloops.

A year ago Jared Spurgeon was playing hockey for the Spokane Chiefs and fighting for his professional life. He had been drafted by wasn’t signed. He had a great season, got a free agent try-out with Minnesota, was invited to camp, signed a contract and sent to Houston in the AHL. He’s already in the NHL and getting noticed, as this story by Kent Youngblood of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune suggests.

Meanwhile, the Tri-City Americans made a big trade.

Spurgeon called to NHL, Cowen by Team Canada

As first reported by Gregg Drinnan (see below), former Chief Jared Spurgeon could make his National Hockey League debut tonight for Minnesota. He’ll be wearing No. 26 at Calgary.

The question is, what’s bigger news, that or current Chiefs captain and defenseman Jared Cowen getting invited back to Team Canada tryouts for World Juniors? Cowen was on the silver medal team last year. Training camp in Toronto is Dec. 11-15, which means he is likely to miss six games in the nine days before the WHL Christmas break. That will be painful for the Chiefs.

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