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In brief: Chiefs’ Leedahl leaves hockey

Hockey: Spokane defenseman Garrett Leedahl, who has been out of the lineup for a month because of a concussion, decided to leave the Chiefs.

 “It was hard to come up with my decision,” the 19-year old said in a team release. “My family, the team and I came to this point after talking to the doctors and neurologists. We realized it will be best for my future to retire from hockey.”

In his two seasons in Spokane, Leedahl only appeared in 31 games because of concussions.

He was a sixth-round pick in the 2006 Bantam Draft.

The Saskatoon native, who was injured when the Chiefs played in Saskatoon Nov. 2, plans to attend the University of Saskatchewan.  

 “It was a really tough decision,” Leedahl said. “It was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make. It’s going to be tough leaving all the guys behind.”

 The Chiefs’ next game is Friday against Medicine Hat. It is Food Drive night with each can of food worth one Lottery Scratch ticket. Saturday is the Teddy Bear Toss. 

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