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WHL notes: Kailer Yamamoto tabbed for USA team

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with a huge honor for Spokane native and Chiefs rookie Kailer Yamamoto. Read story

Sparkling Chiefs line mixes vets with 16-year-old

Spokane Chiefs veteran players Adam Helewka and Calder Brooks had already formed two-thirds of a solid line when they welcomed 16-year-old Kailer Yamamoto into their midst on Saturday. The results spoke for themselves. Read story

Kelowna holds top spot despite first loss

The Kelowna Rockets (10-1-0-0) maintained their No. 1 ranking in the weekly Canadian Hockey League poll despite losing for the first time this season. Four Western Hockey League teams are among the top 10, including the Everett Silvertips (6-0-2-1), who host the Spokane Chiefs tonight. Read story

WHL notes: Class action lawsuit targets CHL

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with a class action lawsuit filed in Toronto last Friday that seeks $180 million in compensation for outstanding wages for past and present Canadian Hockey League players, including those in the WHL. The CHL said it will “vigorously defend” the way its teams operate, claiming that league players are amateur student-athletes. Read story

Chiefs continue trend of close, low-scoring games

It appears likely that the Spokane Chiefs will play many 2-1 and 3-2 games this season. Nine games into their Western Hockey League season, the Chiefs have played six games decided by one goal. Four of the final scores have been 3-2 and two have been 2-1. The Chiefs continued the trend Saturday during a 3-2 overtime loss to the Everett Silvertips at the Arena. Read story

Kelowna streak may be best

The Kelowna Rockets, 10-0 to open the Western Hockey League season, are off to the best start in franchise history. Whether it's the best start in league history is hard to determine, because the league's official record book doesn't include that category. Read story

Chiefs look toward big weekend

The Spokane Chiefs are playing their toughest hockey at the same time they're preparing for their toughest opposition. Read story

Kelowna rises to top of rankings

The Kelowna Rockets moved from No. 2 to the top spot in this week's Canadian Hockey League Top 10 rankings. The Rockets are the Western Hockey League's lone undefeated team at 8-0-0-0. Kelowna will play the Spokane Chiefs at the Arena on Friday. Read story

Chiefs notch victory in first shootout

Six games into the Western Hockey League season, the Spokane Chiefs have already played three overtime games. Tuesday marked the Chiefs' first shootout of the season, a 3-2 road win over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Spokane and Seattle meet for the third time in six days Wednesday night at the Arena. Read story

WHL notes: Chiefs send apology to fans

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with the Spokane Chiefs taking steps to apologize to fans for an incident that occurred last Friday during the singing of the national anthem. The Chiefs players involved, who made comments during the anthem, were sitting in the stands and not competing in the game. Although reports of what the players shouted during the anthem are varied, the Chiefs made certain to apologize to the anthem singer and military members who were upset that the anthem was not respected. Read story

Chiefs give away win in final minutes

The first 57 minutes of Friday night's Spokane Chiefs-Seattle Thunderbirds game may have been imperfect, but the host Chiefs were in prime position to walk away with their first win since Sept. 27. It didn't work out that way. Read story

Chiefs set for 3 straight with Seattle

The Spokane Chiefs and Seattle Thunderbirds will meet three times in six nights, starting with Friday's game at the Arena. Friday's contest will be the first of 10 games between the teams during the 2014-15 Western Hockey League season. Read story

Four WHL teams ranked

This week's Canadian Hockey League Top 10 rankings include four teams from the Western Hockey League, topped by No. 2 Kelowna, which sports a 7-0-0-0 record. Read story

Red Deer tabbed to host 2016 Memorial Cup

The Western Hockey League's Board of Governors awarded the 2016 Memorial Cup to Red Deer during a meeting Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta. Vancouver was the other team to bid on the four-team tournament, junior hockey's national championship. Read story

WHL notes: Cold start for Winterhawks

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with this season's slow start by the Portland Winterhawks, who have won the last four Western Conference championships. Read story

Brooks goes the distance for Chiefs

It's been a wild week for 20-year-old forward Calder Brooks. He was traded from Prince Albert to the Spokane Chiefs on Monday, arrived in Spokane on Wednesday, practiced for the first time on Thursday and will make his Chiefs debut during Friday's game in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Read story

WHL notes: Paddock breaks through

It's time for the first installment of our weekly Western Hockey League notebook. This edition leads with new Regina Pats coach John Paddock, a head coaching veteran of the NHL and AHL. Read story

Chiefs begin season 2 for 2

The Spokane Chiefs opened the 2014-15 Western Hockey League season last weekend with some big questions. Among them were: Who will spark the offense? How will the young defense stand up? Is Garret Hughson ready to fill the big shoes of last season's goaltender, Eric Williams? It's still early, just two games into the season, but the Chiefs are 2-0 and both wins have come against bitter rival Tri-City. Read story

Kailer Yamamoto excited for Chiefs’ home opener

There are now two Spokane Yamamotos playing for the Spokane Chiefs: 18-year-old Keanu and his brother Kailer, who turns 16 next week. Kailer has attended many Chiefs games in his life and can't wait for Saturday's home opener at the Arena against the Tri-City Americans. Read story

Balance highlights Chiefs’ season-opening win

Who leads the Spokane Chiefs in scoring after one game of the 2014-15 Western Hockey League season? Ten players are tied with one point apiece. A true team effort Saturday night helped the Chiefs knock off the Tri-City Americans 4-2 at Toyota Center in Kennewick. Read story

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