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Tracking Spokane’s Western Hockey League team. The Chiefs won the Memorial Cup in 2008.

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Kelowna maintains top ranking

The Kelowna Rockets (33-4-0-2) of the Western Hockey League remained No. 1 in the Canadian Hockey League rankings for a second consecutive week. The other ranked WHL teams are Calgary, which moved up one spot, and Portland, which dropped two. Victoria is still an honorable mention despite last Friday's 5-3 loss at Spokane. Read story

WHL notes: Vancouver makes its move

Most of the teams in the Western Hockey League's 10-team Western Conference have put together one (or more) hot streaks this year. The Vancouver Giants, who finished in last place in the conference last season and started poorly this season, have steadily moved up the standings since mid-October. Read story

Chiefs cap successful weekend

The Spokane Chiefs played playoff-caliber hockey this weekend, defeating Victoria and Everett to move from sixth place in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference to tied for fourth. Read story

Chiefs make move in WHL standings

The Spokane Chiefs began the weekend in sixth place in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference. They could end the weekend in fourth place. Read story

Kelowna moves to top spot

A 15-game winning streak has moved Kelowna to the top of the Canadian Hockey League rankings. Read story

Chiefs’ trade may provide multiple benefits

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with trades, including the Spokane Chiefs' Tuesday deal with Kootenay that sent defenseman Tyler King to the Ice for forward Hudson Elynuik. Read story

Chiefs slip when faced with Ice

The Spokane Chiefs and Kootenay Ice completed a back-to-back, home-and-away series Saturday night at the Arena. Kootenay's 2-1 win avenged Spokane's 6-4 win at Cranbrook, British Columbia, on Friday night and gave the Ice a 2-1 lead in a season series that will ultimately include five games. It also ended Spokane's four-game winning streak, tied for the tops of the Chiefs' season. Read story

Chiefs extend winning streak to four

Jackson Playfair and Riley Whittingham scored two goals apiece Friday night as the Spokane Chiefs roared back from their holiday break with a 6-4 Western Hockey League victory at Kootenay. Read story

Hughson gives Chiefs solid backup in goal

The Spokane Chiefs returned from their holiday break tonight (Friday) for a road game against the Kootenay Ice at Cranbrook, British Columbia. The Chiefs are also hosting the Ice on Saturday night. Here's a feature on Chiefs backup goalie Garret Hughson in preparation for the first Chiefs home game in two weeks. Read story

WHL notes: Home sweet home for Pats

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with the Regina Pats, who have forged a solid record despite crucial injuries and a road-heavy schedule. Read story

Kelowna moves up to No. 2

The Kelowna Rockets, who have the best record (28-3-0-2) in the Western Hockey League following a 12-game winning streak, moved from No. 3 to No. 2 in this week's Canadian Hockey League Top 10 poll. The Rockets, on the list for nine weeks, trail only the Eric Otters (29-5-1-0) of the Ontario Hockey League. The other WHL teams in the poll are Portland (23-8-2-2) at No. 5 and Calgary (22-7-2-3) at No. 8. Calgary entered the poll for the first week after winning nine of its last 10 games. Read story

WHL notebook: time to reflect at halfway point

The Western Hockey League is basically at the halfway point as the players head home for the holiday break. The big winners this season are the Western Conference in general and the Kelowna Rockets in particular. Read story

Aviani earns another award

Spokane Chiefs forward Mike Aviani was named Western Hockey League player of the week on Monday. On Tuesday, the Canadian Hockey League bestowed the award on the Spokane 20-year-old player. Aviani had three goals and five assists last week as the Chiefs went 3-0. Aviani has 26 goals and 50 points this season. Mitch Holmberg (Sept. 23-29) was the other Chiefs player to win the award this season. Just five WHL players have been selected for the CHL honor this season. Read story

Chiefs reach 20-win mark

The Spokane Chiefs became the ninth team in the 22-team Western Hockey League to collect its 20th win on Saturday night by dispatching the Prince George Cougars 6-3. Four of those teams have exactly 20 wins, so the Chiefs are essentially tied for sixth in league wins. Read story

Pochiro gives lift to Prince George

The Prince George Cougars will make their second and final stop in Spokane this Western Hockey League season on Saturday night. The Chiefs defeated the Cougars 5-2 on Nov. 15. PG forward Zach Pochiro is featured in this article. Read story

Chiefs prefer certain parts of U.S.

With the Western Hockey League season closing in on its halfway point, the U.S. Division has proven to be, by far, the best of the four divisions. All five teams have winning records. Through Wednesday, the teams' order in the standings is: Portland, Everett, Seattle, Spokane and Tri-City. For Spokane, the division breaks down as: Portland and Seattle, which are a combined 8-0 against the Chiefs, and Everett and Tri-City, which are a combined 1-6-0-0 against the Chiefs. Everett is 0-3 after Spokane's 5-3 win on Wednesday. Read story

Everett has faith in young defensemen

The Spokane Chiefs and Everett Silvertips will meet for the first time in more than seven week on Wednesday night at the Arena. Everett has established itself as one of the top teams in the Western Hockey League since losing to Spokane on Oct. 5 and 18. Young talent is part of the reason, as this week's WHL notebook examines. Read story

Chiefs’ great start in rearview mirror

It seems a distant memory, but seven weeks ago the Spokane Chiefs had the best winning percentage (.833) in the Western Hockey League. Following Friday night's 7-3 loss to Seattle, the Chiefs are 4-5-0-2 in the last four weeks. Read story

Despite win, Chiefs’ offense slumbers

The Spokane Chiefs remain one of the highest-scoring teams in the Western Hockey League, but you wouldn't be able to predict that by looking at their last three games. Read story

WHL places three in top six

The Western Hockey League is well represented in the latest Canadian Hockey League Top 10 poll. Kelowna (20-3-0-2) is ranked third, Portland (21-5-2-1) fifth and Everett (20-5-4-0) sixth. There's a new team at No. 1: The Erie Otters (23-4-1-0) of the Ontario Hockey League moved from second to first. Read story