The Spokane Chiefs will become the second Western Hockey League team to announce an outdoor game for the 2010-11 season but it will be the first outdoor game for the league.
The Chiefs are scheduled to play the Kootenay Ice at Avista Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 at 1 p.m.
They will make it official at a press conference at Avista on Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier this month the Calgary Hitman announced they would play Regina at McMahon Stadium on Feb. 21. That game is part of the National Hockey League outdoor game, which features Montreal playing the Flames the day before. Much of the cost of the WHL game will be absorbed by the NHL.
Outdoor games have become a regular occurrence in the NHL since Montreal played at Edmonton in November, 2003, drawing more than 57,000 fans to Commonwealth Stadium.
Chiefs get defenseman
The Chiefs acquired 18-year defenseman Bruin McDonald from the Prince George Cougars on Tuesday for a conditional sixth-round pick in next summer’s Bantam Draft. The 6-foot, 185-pounder had three goals and seven assists plus 33 penalty minutes in 53 games last season. He didn’t register a point in 48 games of his 16-year old season and had 32 penalty minutes.