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Former Spokane Chiefs player Travis Green, the new head coach for the Portland Winterhawks because of stiff sanctions imposed by the Western Hockey League, met with the media on Thursday. He's happy to be a head coach, but not under the circumstances. Read more
The Western Hockey League, after saying on Wednesday that it would have no more comments, on Thursday clarified its sanctions against the Portland Winterhawks. Read more
Nine days, six games, hundreds of miles by bus. The Spokane Chiefs will begin their eastern sojourn on Friday at Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Read about the trip
Travis Green, one of the Spokane Chiefs' all-time greats, will step in as interim coach for the Portland Winterhawks, who were slapped with heavy sanctions by the WHL on Wednesday. Read more
The Western Hockey League gets a mention or two in this story about how hockey fans can pass the time while NHL players remain locked out. Read more
The Spokane Chiefs caught fire in the final 12 minutes Saturday night and beat the Tri-City Americans 5-2 at the Arena in the 1000th Western Hockey League game for Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur. Read more
Todd Fiddler's team-high 18th goal early in the second period Saturday night gave the Spokane Chiefs a 2-1 lead over the Tri-City Americans in the 1,000th Western Hockey League game for Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur. Story to come.
Heading into Friday night's game at Kennewick, the Spokane Chiefs hadn't played an overtime game this year. They also hadn't lost to the Tri-City Americans. They also were 11-0 when leading after two periods. All of that changed, but the Chiefs will get another shot at Tri-City on Saturday night at the Arena. Read story
The Spokane Chiefs took care of the Everett Silvertips at the Arena on Wednesday night, as has been their pattern during the last five years. Todd Fiddler, Reid Gow and Brenden Kichton supplied the offense for backup goaltender Garret Hughson, who defeated Everett for the second time in two weeks. Read the story
Check out the NHL Central Scouting preliminary rankings of junior talent in North American and Europe. One of the listed players, Everett defenseman Mirco Muller, is in town tonight to play the Spokane Chiefs. Read article
The Ontario Hockey League has cracked down on fighting this season. (The OHL is one of three leagues under the umbrella of the Canadian Hockey League. The Spokane Chiefs' Western Hockey League is another.) Read more
Just had a good chat with Spokane Chiefs center Mike Aviani. Here's the story
The Spokane Chiefs are coming home for a Wednesday game with Everett. Saturday's game in Seattle was a 3-1 win, with Todd Fiddler recording his first career hat trick. Read more
Team Russia defeated a Western Hockey League all-star team coached by Spokane Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur 5-2 on Thursday in Victoria, British Columbia, to complete the six-game SUBWAY Super Series. Read more
Former Spokane Chiefs player Jared Cowen has suffered a setback. Read more
On the heels of a 4-2 loss to the Prince George Cougars on Wednesday night, the Spokane Chiefs and leading scorer Mitch Holmberg got a bit of good news on Thursday when the Western Hockey League announced the roster for Team WHL in the SUBWAY Super Series against the Russian all-stars. Here are some notes that are running in tomorrow's paper.
Spokane plays at Everett on Friday and in Kennewick against the Tri-City Americans on Saturday. If you're jonesing for some hockey as the NHL lockout lingers, don't worry. The Chiefs are back after their pair of road games for six home games. You'll get your fix soon!
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.
Spokane Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur is a wanted man these days. He's already on board to assist Canada's World Junior team this winter, and on Monday, the Canadian Hockey League announced that Nachbaur will be the head coach for Team WHL in the annual six-game Super Series.
Also, if you're following progress of the NHL Lockout, your head may be spinning from all the perspectives out there. If you're interested, here's a player's view on the whole thing. Hint: he's a former Spokane Chief.
Stay tuned: we've got some surprises here on the blog for you throughout the week.
We're a little over two hours away from the puck dropping at the Arena as the Spokane Chiefs host the Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League play. Here's the notebook we ran this morning. Check this post later for links to the game story and stats from the game - which is the second part of a home-and-home series that began with a 6-4 Spokane loss on Tuesday in Kent, Wash.
I've heard that rookie goalie Garret Hughson will get his first start of the season for Spokane, and if that's the case I'm looking forward to seeing how he does in his first WHL game.
Check back with us throughout the night. I'll have updates from the game on Twitter (@jbrown_srsports). Until then…
As the headline to the notebook I wrote for Friday's paper suggests - puck protection is paramount for the Spokane Chiefs as they head into a six-day stretch (and always, I suppose) in which they'll play four games (two at home, two on the road). That starts Friday night at the Arena, where they'll have a chance to work on some things that Tuesday's loss to Seattle revealed. Here's the link.