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1,500 tickets sold for outdoor game

When I saw majority owner Brady Nelson at the first Shock practice Saturday, I asked him how many tickets had been sold for the outdoor game. The announcement for the game, set for July 9th at Albi Stadium, was Thursday and it was a quick turnaround for season-ticket holders, who had the first opportunity to purchase tickets Friday-Sunday.

Over a 1,000, Nelson said, adding that he was pleased considering season ticket-holders essentially only had 12-hour notice before tickets went on sale.

By Monday morning, that figure was 1,500. Reserve seats are close to being sold out. Tickets went on sale to the general public this morning at 10.

Game time, by the way, will be 5 p.m.

Fresh air and hockey

Wrapping up theSpokane Chiefs outdoor hockey game … it seemed everyone enjoyed the Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic, according to columnist John Blanchette, and the Chiefs made it better with an 11-2 thrashing of the Kootenay Ice at Avista Stadium … with Jesse Tinsley providing the pictures.

Chiefs rock in outdoor game

The Rockstar Outdoor Classic was a wild success off and on the ice for the Spokane Chiefs.

Not so much for the Kooteany Ice.

The first-ever Western Hockey League game to be played outdoors, before a standing room only crowd of 7,075 at Avista Stadium, was an 11-2 romp by the home team, just hours after the Ice had registered a 6-2 in in Cranbrook, B.C., to start this little home-and-home showtown between two of the best teams in the league.

Next Friday's game in Spokane should be a dandy game.

The three stars were all Chiefs, 1, Steve Kuhn (goal, 2 assists); 2, Tyler Vanscourt (2 goals) , 3, Blake Gal (2 goals, assist).

Saturday has to be better than Friday for Chiefs

On this beautiful spring morning all thoughts turn to an outdoor hockey game.

Of course it's a little hard to get in the spirit of an outdoor hockey game when the biggest concern is how it's going to turn out with the suddenly balmy weather.

Things started to go south for the Chiefs on Friday, when they went to Cranbrook and the Kootenay Ice handled them 6-2 to end their seven-game winning streak. Their power play was below snuff with a 1-6 performance and the league-leading penalty killers gave up three goals in six chances. Then there were the fights. The complete run-down is here, including why the game started an hour late.

The teams meet again today at 1 at Avista Stadium. There will be no tweeting or blogging from the game because we won't be taking our computer but will make a quick post as soon as we can after the game.

Excitement builds for outdoor hockey game

The Spokane Chiefs are excited to play in history outdoor game on Saturday. Thursday's practice only got them more fired up ((photo courtesy of Gary Peterson/Action Sports Images/Spokane Chiefs).

Rain or snow, outdoor hockey game is a spectacle

Who wouldn't be worried about an outdoor hockey game in this weather? After a day in the 40's with plenty of rain, it only cools off to the high 30's tonight, with a high on Saturday for the Spokane Chiefs game with Kootenay at Avista Stadium, of about 41, although the chance of rain tapers off.

Columnist John Blanchette takes a look at the spectacle.

First, the two teams meet tonight in Cranbrook. The Ice were big-time buyers at Monday's Western Hockey League trade deadline and Jeff Bromley's blog takes a look at their blockbuster. … The Ice also have to do a little bit of extra packing for the trip down here on Saturday. Kootenay players are looking forward to the game.

Chiefs almost giddy for outdoor game

It's only fitting that Bobby Brett, owner of the Spokane Indians baseball team and Spokane Chiefs hockey team, threw out the first pitch at Avista Stadium on a warm winter Thursday afternoon.

The big thing is that Darren Kramer, using his stick as a baseball bat, was on the other end, trying to hit Brett's snowball.

The Chiefs were waiting to take the ice for practice in preparation of Saturday's Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic (photo above courtesy of the Western Hockey League and Gary Peterson/Action Sports Images/Spokane Chiefs) and they were obvoiusly excited. Like baseball players, some applied eye black to help reduce the glare of the sun and a handful of them got a little carried away. Like Kramer, who gave himself a full beard. And Levko Koper, who had a van dyke, Brady Brassart with a handlebar mustache and Collin Valcourt with a fu manchu. And goalies James Reid and Mac Engle had stocking caps tied to the top of their masks.

As practice went on, some playes were shielding their eyes against the sun. In the first post-practice competition, the team that had the wind at its back won easily. Does that mean Saturday's coinflip is going to play a critical role in the outcome?

Everybody, from Brett, to team officials, WHL officials, sponors and arena works scurrying to get the last piece of plexiglass in place, was savoring the moment, along with some fans who turned out to watch.

One parent said, “What a spectacle. This is putting the Chiefs on the map.”

Chiefs closing in on Portland

The Spokane Chiefs picked up a big win Wednesday night in Portland, pulling within two points of the league-leading Winterhawks.

Now we're headed to practice at Avista Stadium for Saturday's outdoor game. The weather forecast is for temperatures in the 40 and rain. Hopefully we'll find out how that is going to impact the game, which is the second of a home-and-home with the Kootenay Ice. Hopefully the teams will bring some real ice back from Friday's game.

In the meantime, some interesting reading on rosters and especially goalies on Alan Caldwell's blog. FYI, James Reid of the Chiefs is facing about the fewest shots of any team in the league. While there, you can use that for a jumping off point to read about the resolution to the bruhaha in Kamloops between the newspaper and the Blazers. What the team and the league were thinking is a mystery to me and certainly foreign becausee I deal with a professionally run organization. Makes me appreciate my working relationship.

Rain, rain stay away

Did I just hear that? A weather update on a local sports radio station said things are looking good for the outdoor hockey game, it's supposed to rian on Saturday.

Not sure that is so good but who can't be excited the game with the weather we're having now?

Of course the heavy snow wouldn't be too nice for a fast-paced hockey game. Fear not, the weather forecast now says the low Friday night is 40 after a day of showers and the high on Saturday with 42 with a chance of showers.

Update: Ground rules have been made for the game, appropriated at the ball park, right? One includes an official game if they reach the bottom of the seventh - or end of the second period.

Weather warming for outdoor hockey game

The Spokane Chiefs stayed on the sideline as the Western Hockey League trade deadline passed on Monday.

The question is how that affects the team, which is the hottest in the league right now. No deal means the continue has to continue to succeed with hard work and chemistry, but will that be enough to stay keep up with Portland and Tri-City, which made deals? How about staying ahead of Seattle and Everett? The other team that can affect the Chiefs is Kootenay because the teams meet three times in eight days, beginning Friday and including Saturday's outdoor game at Avista Stadium. More on trades from the Gregg Drinnan and Alan Caldwell blogs.

And speaking of the outdoor game, four days away, here's the forecast: It's not supposed to be below freezing from Thursday on with the low on Friday night 41 degrees and the high on Saturday 42, which I assume means the snow/rain showers means rain.

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Chris Derrick Chris Derrick is a sports reporter. His primary coverage areas are the Spokane Chiefs, Spokane Indians, women's basketball and high school softball and volleyball. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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