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  • Spokane Chiefs add defenseman

    The Spokane Chiefs made a move to shore up their soon-to-be-thin defensive corps by picking up 18-year-old Davis Vandane. The former Saskatoon Blade joins the team in Vancouver tonight, the …


  • Chiefs wallop Winterhawks, move into a tie for 2nd

    It was a dominating performance, worthy of a first-place team – except it was the first-place team that was dominated. The Portland Winterhawks, with the most points in the Western …


  • Plucky Chiefs beat the best on Teddy Bear Toss night

    It would have been easy to have a different outcome, but the Spokane Chiefs stuffed the Portland Winterhawks on Teddy Bear Toss night 4-3, in the process ending a 10-game …


  • Fresh-legged Kelowna spoils late Chiefs rally

    Don Nachbaur wasn’t going to throw his team under the bus, maybe because they’ve spent so much time on a bus. The Spokane Chiefs played tired for two periods before …


  • Chiefs’ production line: Kuhn, Miller, Gal

    Seconds after Spokane center Steven Kuhn dropped to the ice to block a shot from the point, Kenton Miller slipped a little drop pass to Blake Gal, who went backhand …


  • Chiefs make move in big way

    Last place – OK, technically, a three-way tie for eighth in the 10-team Western Conference – didn’t sit well with the Spokane Chiefs. Even though the basement view wasn’t ugly, …


  • Chiefs survive up-and-down road trip

    That the Spokane Chiefs picked up three points last weekend in it’s critical three-games-in-three-days Western Hockey League road trip wasn’t a surprise. What was surprising was the manner in which …


  • Chiefs dump Portland Winterhawks

    PORTLAND – Blake Gal and Anthony Bardaro scored 7 seconds apart in the first period as the Spokane Chiefs beat the Portland Winterhawks 3-1 in Western Hockey League action Sunday. …


  • Tri-City Americans stomp Chiefs

    KENNEWICK – Rather than finding a way to get back on the winning path, the Spokane Chiefs ran into a buzz saw Saturday. The Tri-City Americans (12-8-1-1) scored four goals …


  • Chiefs silence Tri-City Americans

    It was a game that was played on the edge until the Spokane Chiefs pushed the Tri-City Americans over it. Three goals in the last half of the second period …


  • Chiefs passed road-trip test

    It’s not often a stretch of three wins and three losses is cause for enthusiasm. But there is an exception, and that comes during every Western Hockey League season when …


  • Chiefs end trip with win

    SWIFT CURRENT, Saskatchewan – Steven Kuhn and Tyler Johnson scored back-to-back goals in the third period and the Spokane Chiefs ended their six-game Western Hockey League Eastern Conference road swing …


  • Spokane Chiefs lose to Raiders in Saskatchewan

    PRINCE ALBERT, Saskatchewan – The Spokane Chiefs’ recent domination of the Prince Albert Raiders ended Wednesday night, although the final score didn’t reflect the action on the ice. Todd Fiddler’s …


  • Kichton’s hot hand carries Chiefs past Blades

    SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – Brendon Kichton’s first two-goal game of his career gave the Spokane Chiefs a 2-0 lead in the first period, leading to a 3-2 victory over Saskatoon in …


  • Koper’s career night with Spokane Chiefs sinks Pats

    Levko Koper notched a career-high six points with two goals and four assists and Marek Kalus scored the first two goals of his WHL career Saturday as the Spokane Chiefs …


  • Chiefs prep for trip with win

    If you’re headed to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, one way to make the 12-hour trip seem shorter is to take a win with you. The Spokane Chiefs will have a little …


  • Chiefs put bad loss behind them, eye PG

    The Spokane Chiefs’ 4-2 loss to Red Deer Saturday night wasn’t quite the disaster the Western Hockey League game seemed at the time, but it certainly qualifies as a learning …


  • Nachbaur unhappy with Chiefs’ effort against Rebels

    It doesn’t take much of an imagination to know how the Spokane Chiefs played Saturday night. Coach Don Nachbaur used phrases “laid an egg” and “out to lunch” and “lost …


  • Chiefs’ Gal doesn’t see third goal during romp past Hitmen

    When hockey players dream of a hat trick, no doubt they’re finishing a pretty play or unleashing a laser before the fans litter the ice with hats. Blake Gal didn’t …


  • Chiefs work out kinks in power play

    With a week of practice to improve the recipe for a good power play, the Spokane Chiefs found the right ingredients in Kichton. Brenden Kichton, in his first action after …


  • Blanchette: Size matters not to Johnson

    Eyes on the prize? Tyler Johnson’s peepers have never blinked. As a Western Hockey League rookie, he was an indispensible element in the Spokane Chiefs’ 2008 run to the Memorial …


  • Chiefs’ power play on the fritz in loss to Hawks

    The power went out at the Arena – make that stayed out – but only on the Spokane side of the Western Hockey League game against Portland on Saturday night. …


  • Chiefs’ Cowen almost stuck with NHL

    Jared Cowen isn’t the happiest Spokane Chief right now, but a big dose of the Portland Winterhawks should fix that. Portland, which knocked out the Chiefs in the first round …


  • Holmberg’s shootout goal lifts Chiefs

    KAMLOOPS, British Columbia – Mitch Holmberg scored the only goal in the best-of-3 shootout and James Reid turned away three Kamloops attempts as the Spokane Chiefs defeated the Blazers 4-3 …


  • Soudek’s goal sinks Spokane Chiefs

    CHILLIWACK, B.C. – Robin Soudek scored on a power play 12:12 into the third period to lift the Chilliwack Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Spokane Chiefs in Western …


  • Chiefs’ late goals beat Americans

    Only three games into the Western Hockey League season – and the first at the Arena – the Spokane Chiefs took a big step forward. Blake Gal scored with 1 …


  • Chiefs notes: Nachbaur lights fire

    The last portion of the Spokane Chiefs’ practice Wednesday was dedicated to power plays and penalty killing, a necessity for all hockey teams. Otherwise, the Chiefs have spent a lot …


  • Hometown player realizes dream by being named team captain

    The life that couldn’t get much better did on Wednesday. That’s when the Spokane Chiefs announced that hometown standout Tyler Johnson is the new captain.


  • Nachbaur era begins with thud

    KENNEWICK – Don Nachbaur’s team is talented. Unfortunately it’s his old team.


  • Tri-City, Portland get early nod in U.S. Division

    In an Old West gunfight, do you prefer the fast young gunslinger or the grizzled ol’ hand with a few notches on his handle? That’s how choosing the favorite in …