Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Wednesday, June 3, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Night 48° Clear

MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2010

No deal for Chiefs

The Chiefs stood pat and then fell flat on Sunday.The Western Hockey League trade deadline came and went Sunday afternoon and the only move Spokane made was to reassign excess defenseman, 18-year old rookie defenseman Grant Leedahl. Then, in a battle with Everett, which is...

Continue reading this post »

SATURDAY, JAN. 9, 2010

Chiefs rebound to beat Tri-City

The Spokane Chiefs showed what a little pride can do, upending the Tri-City Americans 2-1 before more than 10,000 fans at the Arena Saturday night, one day after a dimsal performance.There was no magic, just effort.The unedited game story is below. As for the looming...

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, JAN. 8, 2010

Chiefs struggles continue

Same ol' story, same ol' song and dance, my friends.That's the best we can do after a dismal performance by the Spokane Chiefs Friday night resulted in a 3-0 loss to Chilliwack, the Bruins' first-ever win at the Arena.One string continued and another ended -...

Continue reading this post »

WHL trade deadline looming

All is quiet on the Western Hockey League trade front. Guru Gregg Drinnan tries to sort through the rumors and the Spokane Chiefs get a mention about discussions with Kamloops. What is just as interesting to me is the fact the Blazers haven't made it...

Continue reading this post »


United States' Tyler Johnson of the Spokane Chiefs is dumped by Canada's Alex Pietrangelo during the first period of the championship game of the world junior hockey championships Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Nathan Denette / Associated Press)

Chiefs' Johnson savors gold

Caught up with gold medal winner Tyler Johnson, a couple of hours of Team USA beat Canada for the World Junior Hockey Championship.The unedited story I filed for Thursday's paper is below.A roundup of World Junior stories: Calgary Sun game story; column, review and Jordan...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 2010

Same ol' story for Chiefs

First, congratuations to Chiefs Tyler Johnson and Jared Cowen for their medals at the World Junior Tournament. Johnson and Team USA ended Canada's five-year gold streak with a wild 6-5 win in the championship game Tuesday night in Saskatoon."It feels pretty good," said Johnson, who...

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, JAN. 4, 2010

Another tough one for Chiefs

Can anyone figure out the Spokane Chiefs?Playing short-handed, they run their Western Hockey League losing streak to five games, including a New Year's Eve loss at Tri-City, before beating Vancover (with this nice blog item) and Seattle back-to-back on the road with backup Michael Tadjedeh...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30, 2009

Struggling Chiefs lose again

The Spokane Chiefs lost to Portland again, 4-3, in a game delayed several hours by the snowstorm that hit Portland. According to the Winterhawks blog, there was some game-end incidents that could cost Kyle Beach a game, which would be Thursday night in Tri-City. Just...

Continue reading this post »

SUNDAY, DEC. 27, 2009

Portland rallies past Chiefs

Same ol' story at the Arena Sunday night - for the fourth (and final time) in four visits, Portland comes away with the win, rallying with three third-period goals to defeat the Spokane Chiefs 5-4.The win came despite an amazing performance from Spokane goalie James...

Continue reading this post »

Holidays over for Chiefs

The Spokane Chiefs return from Christas break tonight and we welcome them back with a feature on goalie James Reid. The Chiefs face Portland in less than an hour are already behind 3-1 - three Spokane players absent playing in the World Juniors to just...

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2009

Chiefs' Johnson makes first cut

Picked up from Gregg Drinnan's blog. F Luke Walker of the Portland Winterhawks and F Tyler Johnson of the Spokane Chiefs are two of 14 forwards still with the U.S. national junior team after six players were dropped from the selection camp roster Sunday. (They...

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, DEC. 18, 2009

Chiefs drop another close one

The short-handed Spokane Chiefs head into the Christmas break after losing to the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 in overtime, their third straight one goal loss at home.The Chiefs return to action Dec. 27 (Sunday) with a 6 p.m. game against Portland.Before getting to the unedited game...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2009

Portland trips Chiefs

The Portland Winterhawks seem to have the Spokane Chiefs' fans' number.For the third time in as many tries, Portland won at the Arena, taking a 3-2 decision at the Arena Wednesday night. In five games between the teams, the visitor has won every one.This game...

Continue reading this post »

Cowen excited

A couple of hockey notes:From Cory Wolfe of the Star-Phoenix, Jared Cowen's reaction to making Team Canada: The first call Cowen made was to his mom, Cara, in Saskatoon. “She was relieved,” Cowen said with a grin. “She’ll get to see her son a little...

Continue reading this post »

Decision day for Cowen

Spokane Chiefs captain Jared Cowen finds out this morning if he makes Canada's team for the World Junior Tournament. Check back later, but read below for a story about the Tuesday night exhibition, which includes a comment from Cowen.Meanwhile, the Chiefs defeated Seattle last night...

Continue reading this post »

SATURDAY, DEC. 12, 2009

Swift Current stymies Chiefs

Swift Current - and the charieties that will share more than 4,500 stuff toys - came up big at the Arena Saturday night as the Broncos defeated the Spokane Chiefs 2-1 on Teddy Bear Toss night.Read below for my unedited game story.

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, DEC. 11, 2009

WHL trade talk 

Trade action has picked up around the Western Hockey League but the Spokane Chiefs, who play at Chilliwack tonight and are home against Swift Current on Saturday (Teddy Bear Toss), have been quiet.There has been another trade - Vancouver picking up a fourth goalie -...

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 2009

Big trade in WHL

A four-player, three draft pick trade came down in the Western Hockey League Wednesday between Lethbridge and Regina. For details, and a nice tip of the hat to the Seattle Thunderbirds for raising money for the Lakewood Police Guild, check out Gregg Drinnan's blog. That's...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, DEC. 8, 2009

Chiefs face PG

The Spokane Chiefs face Prince George tonight at the Arena and it is the last chance to see standout defenseman Jared Cowen this year.Hope that didn't make any hearts flutter. Notice it said this year, not this season. Cowen heads for Canada's World Junior tryout...

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, DEC. 4, 2009

Chiefs top Seattle

It was a bit of a struggle but the Spokane Chiefs scored two late goals to beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 at the Arena Friday night.Keep reading for the unedited game story.

Continue reading this post »


TUESDAY, DEC. 1, 2009

MONDAY, NOV. 30, 2009

Chiefs hot in November

Hockey central is back. I'd say it was after a much-needed vacation but the boss might question that with all that was going on over the Thanksgiving weekend. Still, it had to be done for peace at home (not to be confused with peace on...

Continue reading this post »

SportsLink is your portal into sports news around the Inland Northwest and beyond. You'll find updates, notes and opinions, and plenty of reader feedback.

Looking for a Grip on Sports?

Vince Grippi's daily take on all things regional sports has been moved to our main sports section online. You can find a collection of these columns here.