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Ex-Chiefs player Bartman named captain

Brett Bartman, a defenseman when the Spokane Chiefs won the Memorial Cup in 2008, has been named captain of the undefeated University of Calgary team. Read story

Kelowna climbs to the top

I had posting problems on Tuesday … sorry. This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with the ascension of the Kelowna Rockets. Read story

Holmberg continues brilliant pace

Following Friday night's 6-2 win at Lethbridge, Alberta, Mitch Holmberg of the Spokane Chiefs leads the Western Hockey League with 22 goals and 49 points through 20 games. Read story

Holmberg lifts Chiefs with goal in overtime

Mitch Holmberg added another chapter to his impressive Western Hockey League season on Wednesday by accounting for two assists and the winning goal during a 5-4 win at Medicine Hat, Alberta. Holmberg leads the WHL with 45 points and 19 goals, and is second in assists with 26. The Chiefs are playing three road games this week and return home Nov. 15 against Prince George. Read story

Chiefs reflect on one-fourth juncture

The Spokane Chiefs headed to Alberta and British Columbia for three games this week, fresh off marking the one-fourth point of their Western Hockey League season. The Chiefs started the season 10-2 before dropping four of six to hit the 25-percent mark at 12-6. (Make that 13-6 after Wednesday's overtime win at Medicine Hat.) Read story

Fiddler traded to Prince George

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with the continuing saga of former Spokane Chiefs player Todd Fiddler. The Moose Jaw Warriors, who announced last week that Fiddler was no longer part of their plans, arranged a trade this week with Prince George. As timing would have it, Prince George plays at Spokane next week. Read story

Fram’s hard work pays off for Chiefs

Jason Fram added 15 pounds of muscle over the summer to give the Spokane Chiefs some extra heft among their defensemen. Fram learned the value of extra work from his parents, both of whom came to Canada from other countries. Read story

Chiefs maintain No. 3 ranking

Despite dropping two of their last three games, the Spokane Chiefs held on to the No. 3 spot in the Canadian Hockey League's weekly Top 10 rankings. Read story

Moose Jaw parts ways with Fiddler

Todd Fiddler had a breakout season with the Spokane Chiefs last season, but one year later his time in the Western Hockey League has apparently come to a halt. Read story:

Chiefs’ winning streak, perfect home mark end

All good things must come to an end. Two good things ended for the Spokane Chiefs after Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Victoria Royals: their four-game winning streak and their perfect home record, which had been 4-0. A couple of good things didn't end, however. Western Hockey League scoring leader Mitch Holmberg assisted on Spokane's only goal, giving him at least one point in all 13 Chiefs games. Also, the Chiefs (10-3-0-0) continued to lead the WHL in points (20) and winning percentage (.769). Read story

Holmberg, Chiefs continue torrid pace

Things are going so well for the Spokane Chiefs that it's hard to come up with “yeah, buts” to counterbalance the excitement of their 10-2 start to the Western Hockey League season. The top candidate for the Debbie Downers of the world is that it's hard to believe that Mitch Holmberg (16 goals, 31 points) and Mike Aviani (11 goals, 21 points) can keep up their red-hot paces. True, but it's important to remember that the Chiefs' veteran defense and 20-year-old goalie Eric Williams have helped to make Spokane anything but one- (or two-) dimensional. Williams leads the league in goals-against average and the Chiefs are allowing just more than two goals per game. Throw out a bad first period against Portland and a bad third period against Edmonton and the Chiefs have allowed 18 goals in 34 periods (plus two games that went into overtime). Read story

Chiefs’ veterans lead team to top

The question put to Spokane Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur was: “How long can Mitch Holmberg, Mike Aviani and Eric Williams play at this level?” The Chiefs' 20-year-olds are Western Hockey League statistical leaders as the season reaches the one-month mark. “All year,” Nachbaur said, which should bode well for a Chiefs team ranked No. 3 in this week's Canadian Hockey League Top 10 poll. Read story

Hitmen take notice of Holmberg

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with reaction by the Calgary Hitmen after their 3-2 shootout loss to the visiting Spokane Chiefs on Sunday. Mitch Holmberg had one goal and one assist to continue his torrid scoring pace for Spokane. Sunday's game ended the Chiefs' three-games-in-three-nights swing through Eastern Conference teams in Alberta. Spokane went 2-1 on the trip to improve to 6-2 on the road and 8-2 overall this season. The schedule finally starts to swing in Spokane's direction Wednesday night, with the first of five consecutive games at the Arena. Swift Current, with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, is the first rival. Read story

Win gives Chiefs best record in WHL

Despite playing just two of their first seven at home, the Spokane Chiefs (6-1-0-0) have the best winning percentage (.857) in the Western Hockey League following Tuesday's 6-3 victory over Kelowna at the Arena.  Read story

Portland hands Chiefs first loss

The final 52 minutes of Wednesday's showdown between the Spokane Chiefs and host Portland Winterhawks favored the Chiefs 3-2. The problem was the first 8 minutes, when the Winterhawks unleashed four goals during a 5-minute span to ignite a 6-4 Western Hockey League victory. Spokane (4-1) lost a chance at the first 5-0 start in franchise history . Read story

Morden leaves unbeaten Raiders

This week's WHL notebook leads with 20-year-old defenseman Evan Morden pondering his hockey future with the undefeated Prince Albert Raiders. Read story

Chiefs tie club record with 4-0 start

The Spokane Chiefs set a club record Saturday while playing their first home game of the Western Hockey League season. Spokane's 2-1 win over the Tri-City Americans boosted its record to 4-0 and tied the 1992-93 Chiefs for the best start in team history. Read story

Undefeated Chiefs set for home opener

Before the Western Hockey League season began, Spokane Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur mentioned how the team's difficult early-season schedule would allow the players to bond. The Chiefs are playing eight of their first 10 games on the road, but three of those road games are already in the books as big wins for Spokane. The Chiefs will play their home opener Saturday against the Tri-City Americans, giving Spokane fans the first look at a high-powered offense that has scored six goals each game. Read story

Aviani scores four times as Chiefs romp again

The Western Hockey League season couldn't have started any better for the Spokane Chiefs, who are 3-0-0-0 after Wednesday night's 6-1 victory at Victoria, British Columbia. Spokane defeated Tri-City 6-2 to open the season on Saturday and posted an identical score during Tuesday's win at Victoria. The Chiefs are off to a blazing start without having played a home game. That will change Saturday at the Arena against the Tri-City Americans. Read story

Chiefs improve to 2-0 with second rout

Sometimes repetition can make people feel as if they're in a rut. But the Spokane Chiefs' brand of repetition for the young 2013-14 Western Hockey League season is anything but oppressive — unless the view is from Spokane's opponent. The Chiefs registered their second consecutive 6-2 victory on Tuesday, strolling past host Victoria and moving to 2-0 behind the leadership of Mitch Holmberg. The Chiefs 20-year-old had two goals and one assist to go with the three goals and one assist he scored Saturday night against the Tri-City Americans. Read story

Alberta flood affected Blazers’ Macklin

Here are some notes from around the Western Hockey League, leading with Kamloops Blazers forward Aaron Macklin and how his family was affected by June floods near Calgary, Alberta. Read story

Chiefs begin season with strong effort

True, true, true: It's just one game. But would you rather begin your season with a 6-2 win or a 6-2 loss? The Spokane Chiefs did the former, not the latter, as their 2013-14 Western Hockey League season began in grand style Saturday night in Kennewick. Read story

Chiefs open with big win

Assistant captain and 20-year-old Mitch Holmberg accounted for three goals and one assist Saturday night as the Spokane Chiefs opened their Western Hockey League season with a 6-2 win over the Tri-City Americans at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Story to come.

Chiefs’ offense is clicking in opener

Mitch Holmberg already has a hat trick after two periods as the Spokane Chiefs lead the Tri-City Americans 6-2 in the Western Hockey League season opener for both teams at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Holmberg's first two goals came 2 minutes, 48 second apart in the first period. His third goal came with 5 seconds left in the second period. He also has an assist. Mike Aviani and Connor Chartier have one goal and one assist apiece for the Chiefs, who hold a 26-18 advantage in shots on goal.

Jets reassign Kichton to AHL

Brenden Kichton, last year's Western Hockey League defenseman of the year with the Spokane Chiefs, was reassigned to the AHL by the Winnipeg Jets. Read story

Chiefs ranked sixth in Massey Ratings

The Massey Ratings, compiled by Kenneth Massey with the assistance of OurSports Central, list the Spokane Chiefs at No. 6 among 22 Western Hockey League clubs. The Chiefs' offense is ranked fourth, which would probably even surprise the Chiefs. Read story

Chiefs look for big boost from Helewka

Who will pick up the scoring slack? Spokane Chiefs fans — and the Chiefs themselves — may ask that question with the Western Hockey League regular season set to begin. After all, five players who accounted for a significant amount of scoring last season are no longer on the roster, either because of graduation, trade or signing with another team. One person who could rise up and boost his offensive production is 18-year-old Adam Helewka, last year's Chiefs rookie of the year. Read story

Bruton looks back at Memorial Cup

Here's a Calgary Herald story about Chris Bruton, who will always be known as the Spokane Chiefs player who “dropped” the Memorial Cup. Read story

Winterhawks stand tall in WHL U.S. Division

Until the Spokane Chiefs, Tri-City Americans, Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips can prove otherwise, the Portland Winterhawks are the elite team in the Western Hockey League's U.S. Division. The Winterhawks are strongly favored to win the division race this 2013-14 season. Portland easily won the division title last year on the way to the WHL championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup. Spokane and Tri-City had strong seasons last year, and Seattle and Everett made it a 5-for-5 divisional showing in the postseason. Read story

Chiefs fall to Americans on EWU rink

It's wise not to put too much stock into preseason games, even when it means losing to a bitter rival. But the Spokane Chiefs still had a few concerns after Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Tri-City American at the Eastern Washington University Recreation Center. Read story