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Chiefs set to open WHL season at Tri-City again

The Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans will renew their rivalry on Saturday night when the teams open their 2014-15 Western Hockey League seasons in Kennewick. We'll be there to see the latest chapter. Read story

Chiefs ready for new season with new look

The Spokane Chiefs must reshape many phases of their game, but they prepare to enter the 2014-15 Western Hockey League season with the will to compete. Read story

Chiefs’ division loaded again

The U.S. Division was the toughest of the Western Hockey League's four divisions last season. The Spokane Chiefs finished fourth in the five-team U.S. Division last year and face some tough prospects for the 2014-15 season, which begins Saturday in Kennewick. Read story

Chiefs near end of exhibition season

Thursday's exhibition game against Tri-City at Eastern Washington University's Rec Center was the sixth of seven that the Spokane Chiefs will play. The Chiefs will cap the preseason Saturday at Tri-City before turning their attention to the Western Hockey League's regular season. Spokane's first two counters will also be against Tri-City, Sept. 20 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick and Sept. 27 at the Arena. Read story

Chiefs’ camp loaded with plot lines

Who will become the No. 1 goaltender? Whose offensive game will blossom to fill the void of departed Mitch Holmberg and Mike Aviani? What defensive players will step in after Reid Gow and Jeremy McIntosh decided to step away from hockey? These and other questions are on the minds of Spokane Chiefs fans as the Western Hockey League season approaches. Thursday was the initial step, the first day of camp at the Arena. Read story

Chiefs sign Kailer Yamamoto

The Spokane Chiefs announced Wednesday the signing of Kailer Yamamoto, whose older brother, Keanu, just completed his rookie season with the Western Hockey League team. Kailer, who will turn 16 years old in September, was selected by Spokane in the fifth round of the 2013 bantam draft. He totaled 17 goals and 23 assists in 34 games this season for the U16 Los Angeles Junior Kings. Read earlier story about Keanu Yamamoto

 

Chiefs trade Wedman to Moose Jaw Warriors

The Spokane Chiefs began trimming the number of overage players on their roster Tuesday by trading defenseman Cole Wedman to the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Chiefs received a fourth-round selection in next year's Western Hockey League bantam draft as compensation for Wedman. Spokane ended the 2013-14 season with six players who will enter their 20-year-old seasons next year. WHL teams are limited to three 20-year-olds on their roster. Read story

Former Chief Holmberg finishes runner-up twice

Mitch Holmberg, who just completed his stellar career with the Spokane Chiefs, finished runner-up for a pair of awards during Wednesday's Western Hockey League awards luncheon in Calgary, Alberta. Holmberg, the league's scoring champion, was up for player of the year and most sportsmanlike player. Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice won both awards. Holmberg picked up his Bob Clarke Trophy for leading the WHL with 118 points. Read story

Chiefs prepare for big week

The Spokane Chiefs will join the 21 other Western Hockey League teams this week in Calgary, Alberta, for important gatherings. Wednesday is the annual awards luncheon, at which former Chiefs player Mitch Holmberg is a finalist for player of the year and most sportsmanlike player. Thursday is the bantam draft, at which teams hope to boost their rosters for the future. The Chiefs will pick 14th overall and hold six selections in the first round rounds. Read story

Colorado signs ex-Chiefs goalie Williams

Goalie Eric Williams, who just completed his career with the Spokane Chiefs, has signed with the Colorado Eagles of the East Coast Hockey League. Read story

Chiefs coach Nachbaur will help at combine cup

Spokane Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur will assist at the Western Hockey League's U.S. Combine Cup, Friday through Sunday at Anaheim, Calif. Read story

Chiefs Helewka, Bobyk make final rankings

Left wing Adam Helewka and defenseman Colton Bobyk were the Spokane Chiefs' representatives on the NHL Central Scouting's final rankings of North American skaters for 2014. Kootenay's Sam Reinhart, at No. 3, was the top player from the Western Hockey League. Read story

Chiefs’ Nachbaur considers next season

The end of one Western Hockey League season leads to thoughts about the next, as Spokane Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur knows well. Read story

Holmberg, Aviani sign with AHL teams

Mitch Holmberg and Mike Aviani, both of whom just finished stellar careers with the Spokane Chiefs, signed amateur tryout contracts with American Hockey League teams, the Chiefs announced Tuesday. Both players were never drafted by National Hockey League teams. Holmberg signed with Oklahoma City and Aviani with Utica. Read story Read story

Sweep puts end to Chiefs’ year

Another Spokane Chiefs season ended Thursday night as the Victoria Royals wrapped up a 4-0 sweep of the Western Hockey League first-round series with a 4-2 win at the Arena. Read story

Nothing goes right as Chiefs trail series 3-0

Spokane Chiefs fans would be hard-pressed to come up with a worse period than Wednesday's first period that ended with Victoria leading 4-0 in Game 3 of the Western Hockey League playoffs. The Chiefs were held to one shot on goal through the first 11 minutes and trailed 1-0 after 11 seconds. Victoria can clinch the series win Thursday at the Arena. Read story

Chiefs need breakthrough in series with Royals

With a break here and there, the Spokane Chiefs might be talking about finishing off the Victoria Royals rather than desperately needing a win to get back in their Western Hockey League first-round series. The Chiefs, trailing the best-of-seven series 2-0 after a pair of overtime losses in British Columbia, host Victoria on Wednesday and Thursday at the Arena. Read story

Overtime bites Chiefs again in playoffs

With a bounce or two, the Spokane Chiefs could be coming home from Victoria, British Columbia, with a 2-0 lead over the Victoria Royals in their Western Hockey League first-round series. Instead, the Chiefs are down 0-2 after back-to-back overtime losses. Read story

Overtime loss puts Chiefs in 1-0 hole

The Spokane Chiefs and Victoria Royals opened their Western Hockey League first-round series in style Saturday night, playing more than 8 minutes of overtime before Victoria squeaked out a 2-1 victory. Game 2 is Sunday night in Victoria. Read story

Former Chief Valcourt enjoys his spot

Here's a feature story on former Spokane Chiefs player Collin Valcourt, now with the Prince Albert Raiders. Read story

Holmberg, Aviani named to all-star team

Spokane Chiefs Mitch Holmberg (first team) and Mike Aviani (second team) were named to the Western Hockey League's Western Conference all-star team, the league announced Thursday. Holmberg, the winner of the Bob Clarke Trophy as the league's top scorer, is also the conference's finalist for the Brad Hornung Trophy as Most Sportsmanlike Player. The Chiefs begin the WHL playoffs on Saturday night at Victoria. Read story

Last stand for Chiefs’ veterans

Mitch Holmberg, Mike Aviani and Eric Williams, wrapping up their 20-year-old seasons with the Spokane Chiefs, aim for one more chance at Western Hockey League playoff glory. Read story

Chiefs’ playoff opponent ranked 10th

The Kelowna Rockets claimed the top spot in the final Canadian Hockey League Top 10 poll of the Western Hockey League regular season. The Rockets, who led the league with 118 points, have been ranked No. 1 since the start of 2014. The Victoria Royals, the Spokane Chiefs' opponent for the first round of the playoffs, finished in the No. 10 spot after being ranked seventh last week. Read story

Final-game loss sends Chiefs to Victoria

Before Western Hockey League games started on Saturday evening, the Spokane Chiefs didn't know if they would play Seattle, Everett or Victoria to open postseason play. But the hot streak of Everett, which hasn't lost in regulation during its last 12 games, moved the Silvertips past Spokane and handed the Chiefs a No. 6 playoff seeding. Destination: Victoria next Saturday and Sunday. Read story

Chiefs win in shootout to tie for fourth

The chase for home-ice advantage in the Western Hockey League playoffs heated up Friday as the Spokane Chiefs edged the Tri-City Americans 4-3 in a shootout while Seattle lost and Everett won. Read story

WHL honors Chiefs dentist Smith

The Western Hockey League is honoring Spokane Chiefs dentist Dr. Mary Smith with a distinguished service award for nearly 30 years of working with the club. Dr. Smith will be honored before the Chiefs' home game with Tri-City, which begins in a little more than 2 hours. Read story

WHL provides update on Bozon

The Western Hockey League released the latest status on the Kootenay Ice's Tim Bozon, who is in intensive care with meningitis. Read story

Chiefs’ playoff picture blurry

The Spokane Chiefs could conceivably skate off the ice Saturday night in Kennewick, finished with their Western Hockey League regular season, and not know their assignment for the first round of the playoffs. Read story

Kelowna continues to lead poll

Every Canadian Hockey League Top 10 poll since the start of 2014 has had the Kelowna Rockets on top. The 25th edition of the poll, released Wednesday, was more of the same. Read story

Chartier, Chiefs hope for strong finish

Connor Chartier scored again Tuesday night, giving the Spokane Chiefs' right wing 13 goals for the season, more than double what he tallied last season. Read story