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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 …


Chiefs look for rebound after Red Deer loss

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 …


New-look Chiefs ready to start season

The Spokane Chiefs have some big holes to fill as their Western Hockey League season gets under way Saturday with a trip to rival Tri-City. Gone are a pair of …


Chiefs’ preseason ends with a loss

Hockey: The Kootenay Ice scored a late goal to tie the game at three apiece and eventually earned a 4-3 shootout win over the Spokane on Saturday night at Eagles …


Chiefs’ preseason win offset by lackluster loss

It would seem the second weekend of preseason games was a rousing success for the Spokane Chiefs. Minus a few veterans, the Chiefs put a 7-2 whippin’ on Lethbridge before …


No substitute for good work ethic, Chiefs’ Nachbaur says

After seeing his team in action for the first time, Don Nachbaur was pleased. The Spokane Chiefs played three preseason games in Everett last weekend, winning two, prompting the coach …


In brief: Spokane Chiefs release former top pick

Hockey: The Spokane Chiefs parted ways with two No. 1 draft picks on Tuesday, one for the season and one for good. Tyler Cunningham the Chiefs’ pick in the 2010 …


In brief: Chiefs rally again at preseason classic

For the second day in a row the Spokane Chiefs rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn a win in extra time, defeating the Portland Winterhawks 3-2 in a shootout …


Chiefs come back for win in pre-season classic

Levko Koper’s goal 3 minutes, 29 seconds into overtime snapped a tie to lift the Spokane Chiefs to a 4-3 victory Saturday over Seattle in the second day of the …


Spokane Chiefs whittle camp roster

The Spokane Chiefs backed up their words with action – or lack thereof. With first-year coach Don Nachbaur promising to give everybody a chance who deserved one, the Western Hockey …


Chiefs’ returners score all goals in scrimmage

Fittingly it was the veterans’ day at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Sunday afternoon when the first weekend of the Spokane Chiefs’ training camp ended with the Western Hockey …


Chiefs veterans look to impress Nachbaur

Forward Blake Gal and defenseman Brenden Kichton are key players for whatever success the Spokane Chiefs hope to have when the Western Hockey League season opens next month. On paper.


Coach Nachbaur to evaluate Chiefs from stands

In addition to scouts, parents and a few curious fans, there is going to be one more seat filled at the Arena when the Spokane Chiefs open training camp today. …


Spokane Chiefs take outside interest for January game

The Spokane Chiefs open training camp a week from today, but 19-year-old forward Matt Marantz was all smiles Wednesday afternoon when he figured they picked up their first win of …


John Blanchette: Hire stokes an already hot rivalry

A decade ago, the Kamloops Blazers fired coach Marc Habscheid, who months later wound up 200 kilometers down the road in Kelowna, where eventually he would win a Memorial Cup. …