The local hockey community lost another member of its family on Saturday when former Spokane Jet Jimmy Chow lost his battle with cancer. Chow was 78.
The Canadian-born Chow, a diminutive forward at 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds, was one of few hockey players of Chinese descent in his playing days. In his five seasons in Spokane, Chow was a fan favorite.
As a rookie in 1965-66, Chow was named to the WIHL All-Star team selected to play against the Russian touring team. Spokane hockey historian Paul Delaney, in his book “Saturday Nights Were Special,” said Chow scored the first and last goal in the game as the all-star team defeated the select team from Moscow 5-4 in Trail, British Columbia.
Chow was also a member of the 1970 Spokane Jets team that won the Allan Cup – the first U.S.-based team to win the top senior amateur trophy in the Canadian league. He retired following the 1969-70 season.
Northwest Conference coaches tabbed Whitworth to finish in third place in their preseason poll, released Wednesday.
The Pirates, who return eight starters on offense and seven on defense, received one first-place vote and 26 points. Whitworth finished 4-6 overall and 3-3 in the NWC last season.
Defending champion Linfield is the coaches’ top choice, with six first-place votes and 42 points.
• Lincoln Kennedy, a former All-Pro offensive lineman drafted in the first round out of Washington, was named to the United States Football League’s board of advisors.
Chris Williams (University of Washington) of Moscow, Idaho, defeated recent Dartmouth graduate Peter Williamson 3 and 2 in the round of 64 of match play at the U.S. Amateur Championship in Cherry Hills, Colo.
• Colbert’s Sierra Bezdicek lost to Hannah Swanson of Forest Grove, Ore., 4 and 3 in the match play quarterfinals of the 57th Pacific Northwest Junior Girls Amateur Championship at Sequim, Wash.