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The Spokesman-Review Newspaper
When Ty Smith was swapped along with a third-round pick for fellow defenseman John Marino in the summer of 2022, the left-shot defenseman said he never envisioned playing in the American Hockey League.
SEATTLE – Kailer Yamamoto’s historic Kraken season has lost some steam, but when Seattle’s NHL playoff hopes hung by a thread Tuesday at Climate Pledge Arena, he gladly helped out.
The Spokane Chiefs have made a lot of progress this season from last and have put themselves in a solid position to earn a playoff spot out of the Western Conference with 12 games to go.
Injuries are part of sports, but athletes are trained to pick up their teammates and carry on. It’s the nature of the business.
The rivalry between the Spokane Chiefs and the Tri-City Americans comes naturally as the closest geographic opponents in the far-flung Western Hockey League.