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Spokane Chiefs' Business Office Closed Indefinitely

Spokane, Wash. -- The Spokane Chiefs announced on Monday that their business office, including ticket office and team store at Spokane Arena, will be closed indefinitely in response to COVID-19 virus distancing efforts.

"The health and safety of our staff is of utmost importance to us," said president Mark Miles. "With everything that is going on right now, we must prioritize the well-being of our employees and provide them the opportunity to be home with their families, limiting exposure from in-office meetings and interactions.

"We are committed to providing great customer service and will continue to work from home where possible to provide updates to fans as they become available. We appreciate our fans' patience and wish everyone in our community good health during this difficult time."

Fans with questions or concerns can email the Chiefs at [email protected] or reach out via social media (@spokanechiefs). Staff members will respond as quickly as possible. Ticket package holders can also reach out individually to their ticket account executive; ticket representatives will be checking their voicemail regularly during the closure.

The Chiefs continue to work on a plan for ticket holders for the two postponed home games on March 13 and 14. More information will be posted at spokanechiefs.com as soon as it becomes available.

The Chiefs' online team store will continue to operate at shop.spokanechiefs.com. Outgoing shipments may be delayed.

The Northwest Hockey Report page is the current digital version of my printed newspaper that was published from 2002-07. It will be a way for hockey enthusiasts to promote the sport, specifically in and to the Pacific Northwest.

Greetings:

Back in 2002 the printed version of the Northwest Hockey Report was launched. It was our goal to provide a way to promote the game so many of us love and enjoy watching and playing. For five years this newspaper was published and distributed to rinks and other supporting businesses across our region. It was packed with news, photos and much, much more. In 2007 changes to my work schedu

New hockey bar, Lord Stanley's coming soon to Downtown Spokane 06/02/2021

New hockey bar, Lord Stanley's coming soon to Downtown Spokane

Check this out...
http://www.inlandnwbusiness.com/2021/06/new-hockey-bar-lord-stanleys-coming.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InlandNorthwestBusinessWatch+%28Inland+Northwest+Business+Watch%29

New hockey bar, Lord Stanley's coming soon to Downtown Spokane Described as Spokane's future premier hockey bar, construction has begun for Lord Stanley's , coming soon to Downtown Spokane. The new bar a...

05/31/2021

Don't get around to posting much here but in doing some "housecleaning" in the home office I ran across a postcard that contained the names from a 1960s Spokane "rec" team at the old Winter Club. I had previously sought help with names so the blanks are filled in.

1960s Winter Club Rec. Team
Front row: Dean Mathews, Ron Caffero, Tony Martino, Pat Mourin, Rich Santora, John Smith, Harry Calson. Back row: Frank Greco, Alfred Lingaro, Ralph Redding, Ted Anselmo, Terry Morris, Ed Benjamin, Leno Fontana, Dave Ostendorf, Bob Recter.

Anyone have any background on this group, or care to share any vintage Spokane team pics for the next edition of "Saturday Nights Were Special: The history on hockey in Spokane,"which is in line for an update.

I would like to expand the youth hockey story and add in some Rec League.

Don't get around to posting much here but in doing some "housecleaning" in the home office I ran across a postcard that contained the names from a 1960s Spokane "rec" team at the old Winter Club. I had previously sought help with names so the blanks are filled in.

1960s Winter Club Rec. Team
Front row: Dean Mathews, Ron Caffero, Tony Martino, Pat Mourin, Rich Santora, John Smith, Harry Calson. Back row: Frank Greco, Alfred Lingaro, Ralph Redding, Ted Anselmo, Terry Morris, Ed Benjamin, Leno Fontana, Dave Ostendorf, Bob Recter.

Anyone have any background on this group, or care to share any vintage Spokane team pics for the next edition of "Saturday Nights Were Special: The history on hockey in Spokane,"which is in line for an update.

I would like to expand the youth hockey story and add in some Rec League.

'Nature does the rest': With limited options in Spokane, backyard ice rinks are gaining ground 02/11/2021

'Nature does the rest': With limited options in Spokane, backyard ice rinks are gaining ground

Fun story in the Spokesman Review today on backyard rinks.
https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/feb/11/nature-does-the-rest-with-limited-options-in-spoka/

'Nature does the rest': With limited options in Spokane, backyard ice rinks are gaining ground When Matt and Heather Petro started dating, they would ice skate on every pond and rink they could find.

cbssports.com 01/17/2021

Devils' Ty Smith: Points in each of first two games

Wonder how long it will take for ex-Spokane Chief Ty Smith’s debut in the NHL with New Jersey — a goal in his debut and an assist the next game — to be more that just a footnote in The Spokesman Review?

https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/hockey/news/devils-ty-smith-points-in-each-of-first-two-games/amp/

cbssports.com Devils' Ty Smith: Points in each of first two games

podcasts.apple.com 12/24/2020

‎The Ann & Phelim Scoop: 72: NHL Singer FIRED For Joining Freedom Rally; Mark Donnelly Joins Us & Sings In Our Christmas Special! on Apple Podcasts

While we try to stay out of politics, sometime they mix with hockey and are worthy of a platform.

Mark Donnelly was the national anthem singer for the Vancouver Canucks for 19 years and he was FIRED this year when he attended a Freedom Rally that was critical of Canada’s COVID-19 lockdown policies.

For our Christmas podcast, Mark joins us to discuss his experience and sing a beautiful rendition of “O Holy Night.”

Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/72-nhl-singer-fired-for-joining-freedom-rally-mark/id1474403900?i=1000503300363

podcasts.apple.com ‎Show The Ann & Phelim Scoop, Ep 72: NHL Singer FIRED For Joining Freedom Rally; Mark Donnelly Joins Us & Sings In Our Christmas Special! - Dec 23, 2020

[12/02/20]   A message from Eagles Ice-A-Rena:

Happy Holiday! We are still in a holding pattern. We hope to open back up on December 15th, but we shall see what the Governor says!

Until then, we have gift cards that we are selling for the holidays. The cost is $20 for $25 worth of Eagles Ice Arena Programs. These gift cards can be used on any Eagles program, like the one you signed up for. These will be accepted as soon as we open back up. Follow the link below to purchase. Your support is greatly appreciated.

When we open, you can sign up for your session by emailing me at [email protected] or by calling me at 509.489.9303, Thanks, Robin

cbssports.com 12/01/2020

NHL jerseys: An honest review of every team's current uniforms, from the classics to teams in need of a change

So how do you like your favorite team's uniform? See what others think.

https://www.cbssports.com/nhl/news/nhl-jerseys-an-honest-review-of-every-teams-current-uniforms-from-the-classics-to-teams-in-need-of-a-change/

cbssports.com Checking in with every team's current primary uniform and offering some advice to make them better

09/29/2020

Great moment in Spokane hockey history tonight as Tyler Johnson becomes first native to win “The Cup."

Under normal circumstances every player on the winning team takes the Cup home for a day and shares it with the community but that has been shelved for now because of COVID.

09/08/2020

www.ewuachahockey.com

EWU EAGLES SUSPEND OPERATION FOR REMAINDER OF 2020

Cheney, Wash. - The Eastern Washington University Eagles Hockey Club has announced that the team will suspend their season for the remainder of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Eagles were originally expected to hit the ice at the EWU University Recreation Center later this month, but due to decisions regarding in-person activities for clubs with more than 5 members, other restrictions put in place by Spokane County's phase 2 designation, and similar postponements by other local teams, the Eagles will not suit up for the rest of 2020.

"We waited as long as we could for the situation to turn around, unfortunately the virus is going to win this round of the fight. We will win the fight and resume play as soon as it is safe for everyone involved."

Said general manager Travis Allen, adding "We are not the only organization facing this issue. The majority of the teams on our 2020-2021 schedule are unable to play right now. Everyone I have talked with are just as disappointed as we are, but we are hopeful we may be able to play this season. Everyone is committed to the safety of our players, staff and our fans. As soon as we are able to safely return, I’m willing to bet we will see programs collaborating in ways we have never seen before."

The team will monitor the COVID-19 situation on a local and national level for the remainder of the year, with the hopes of playing an abbreviated season in early 2021.

Updates will be posted on team social media accounts and released via email as they become available.

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The EWU Eagles Hockey team is an ACHA D2 club program that plays in the PAC8 Conference. The team plays all home games at the EWU URC. Tickets for all home games can be purchased at the door for $10, EWU students with a valid student ID card will receive free admission. For an upcoming schedule and more information please visit the team website at www.EWUACHAHockey.com or on Facebook by searching EWU Eagles Hockey.

ewuachahockey.com

spokesmanreview.wa.app.newsmemory.com 09/08/2020

SPOKANE BRAVES OPT OUT OF KIJHL SEASON WITH BORDER CLOSED - The Spokesman-Review

From the Spokesman Review on Spokane Braves 20-21 season

http://spokesmanreview.wa.app.newsmemory.com/?publink=1249a613c

spokesmanreview.wa.app.newsmemory.com With the U.S.-Canada border closed indefinitely, the Braves will not participate in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League this season, according to a league release on Thursday.

08/08/2020

Gotta’ tell you that if you have not already checked out “Hockey: A people’s history” on Youtube to please do so. This CBC production is a multi-part and marvelous look at the sport so many of us love.

seattletimes.com 07/24/2020

Release the Kraken! NHL Seattle picks mythical sea creature for its long-awaited team name

Release the Kraken! NHL Seattle picks mythical sea creature for its long-awaited team name

https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/hockey/release-the-kraken-nhl-seattle-picks-fictitious-sea-creature-for-its-long-awaited-team-name/?utm_source=marketingcloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fan+Fix+7-23-20_7_23_2020&utm_term=

seattletimes.com NHL Seattle has picked "Kraken" for the name of its team. The expansion franchise is to begin play at Climate Pledge Arena in October 2021.

05/08/2020

Thanks today to Gil Hodges, son of Spokane hockey legend Tom Hodges, for posting the iconic celebration photo of the on-ice madness following the Spokane Jets win on May 5, 1970 that delivered the coveted Allan Cup to the city — a mere 50 years ago this past Tuesday.

This was the first time since 1908 that the Allan Cup, which at the time was second only to the Stanley Cup in stature among hockey hardware, was won by a U.S. based team. It was indeed monumental!!!

Spokane defeated the Orillia, Ont. 4 games to 2 in a series that drew an average of 6,100 per game in the old Spokane Coliseum.

The place was ELECTRIC with fans jammed into every possible space. And even without plexiglass, screen along the sideboards — OR NETTING to the ceiling — and NO ONE GOT KILLED watching!

Somehow amidst the “corona craziness,” even me, the Spokane hockey history guy missed noting arguably the most defining moment in the sport’s history in the city. But the memories flood back — with the help of my book, “Saturday Nights Are Special.”

Many out there in “Facebook Land” I am sure still remember those days and maybe camping overnight outside the Coliseum to buy coveted tickets?

Someone later provided me an original Spokesman Review front page that commemorated the feat.

And the crazies up in Section 12 penned the song, “Buddy’s working on the goalie” in tribute to grinder Buddy Bodman who was always a thorn in the side of the opponent’s “netminder.”

How special was 1970 sports-wise in Spokane? The Spokane Indians that season with all those future LA Dodgers (Lasorda, Cey, Garvey, Lopes & Russell, etc.) were later named the best minor league team ever!

Guess I better put “Saturday Nights ll” in the “To Do” list after the EWU football book and Blue & White Dynamite ll?”

app.locbox.com 04/15/2020

Support Now, Skate Later - Here's 20% OFF a $50 Support Skating Voucher During Our Temporary Pause

Help out Eagles Ice-Arena

We, as a community, are facing challenging times during this Covid-19 pandemic. Our hearts go out to those suffering during this time of uncertainty.
We understand that each of you is affected in different ways.

Many local businesses are selling gift cards during this period. Eagles Ice Arena, which has been closed since March 17, by order of the Governor, is participating in a local business gift card program.

These gift cards can be used for public skating, hockey drop in, stick & puck, pre-school class and snack bar as soon as we open back up. You can buy $50 worth of services for only $40.

Our #1 goal is to keep our skating families happy and healthy. We miss all of you so much and look forward to having you back soon. If you are able to participate, attached is a link to buy the gift cards for Eagles Ice Arena.

Active Offer Link: https://app.locbox.com/campaigns/274405

Thank you,
Eagles Ice Arena

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[03/24/20]   CHL CANCELS 2020 PLAYOFFS & MEMORIAL CUP

Toronto, Ont. – On March 12, 2020, in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), in association with our three regional leagues, the Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), made the decision to pause our season and last week officially cancelled all remaining regular season games.

We have continued to monitor the latest updates and advice from all public health agencies and medical experts, and worked tirelessly to determine a scenario by which the balance of our season could be played. Unfortunately, given the troubling state of our global climate and public welfare, there is still too much risk and uncertainty to move forward in good conscience.

With that in mind, CHL President Dan MacKenzie and Commissioners David Branch, Gilles Courteau, and Ron Robison, have made the difficult decision to cancel the OHL, QMJHL, and WHL playoffs, and along with the support of Kia Canada as the presenting sponsor, to cancel the 2020 Memorial Cup which was scheduled to be held in Kelowna, B.C., May 22-31, 2020.

The CHL, WHL, OHL, and QMJHL, take great pride in providing the best environment for our players both on and off the ice with health and safety for them, and all stakeholders of our game, at the forefront.

We look forward with hope that next season will provide new opportunity to celebrate, and that the Memorial Cup will be presented at our prestigious national championship, hosted by the OHL in May, 2021.

[03/18/20]   Western Hockey League Announces Conclusion of Regular Season

Calgary, Alta. – Western Hockey League Commissioner Ron Robison announced today the conclusion of the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season.

Following a meeting with the WHL Board of Governors and consultation with medical professionals it was determined that the remaining 54 games on the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season schedule will be cancelled and not played.

“The WHL takes the safety of our players, officials, staff, fans, and everyone associated with the WHL very seriously,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Given the ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19, we deemed it necessary to cancel the remaining games on the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season Schedule.

“We will continue to monitor ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19. We will make every effort possible to conduct the 2020 WHL Playoffs at a later date. We thank WHL fans and partners for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.”

The final standings for the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season are determined by using win percentage for all Clubs.

2019-20 WHL Regular Season Standings – FINAL

# Playoffs Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT
1 xyz Portland Winterhawks 63 45 11 3 4 97 0.770
2 x Everett Silvertips 63 46 13 3 1 96 0.762
3 xy Edmonton Oil Kings 64 42 12 6 4 94 0.734
4 xy Kamloops Blazers 63 41 18 3 1 86 0.683
5 x Spokane Chiefs 64 41 18 4 1 87 0.680
6 x Medicine Hat Tigers 63 41 19 2 1 85 0.675
7 x Lethbridge Hurricanes 63 37 19 2 5 81 0.643
8 xy Prince Albert Raiders 64 36 18 6 4 82 0.641
9 x Winnipeg ICE 63 38 24 1 0 77 0.611
10 x Brandon Wheat Kings 63 35 22 4 2 76 0.603
11 x Calgary Hitmen 64 35 24 4 1 75 0.586
12 x Saskatoon Blades 63 34 24 2 3 73 0.579
13 x Vancouver Giants 62 32 24 4 2 70 0.565
14 x Victoria Royals 64 32 24 6 2 72 0.563
15 x Kelowna Rockets 63 29 28 3 3 64 0.508
16 x Seattle Thunderbirds 63 24 32 4 3 55 0.437
17 Red Deer Rebels 63 24 33 3 3 54 0.429
18 Regina Pats 63 21 34 6 2 50 0.397
19 Prince George Cougars 62 20 34 4 4 48 0.387
20 Tri-City Americans 63 17 40 4 2 40 0.317
21 Moose Jaw Warriors 62 14 44 4 0 32 0.258
22 Swift Current Broncos 63 10 48 2 3 25 0.198

x = Clinched playoffs
y = Clinched division title
z = Clinched Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy (WHL Regular Season Champion)

[03/15/20]   (For those of you who do not subscribe to the Spokesman Review,I'm haring a Letter to the Editor questioning their coverage of — or lack there-of — Spokane Chiefs hockey. Guess, as usual, there's more to the story that ever meets the eye, but glad they ran it.)

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Once upon a time hockey in The Spokesman-Review WAS king.

But the coverage recently afforded the Spokane Chiefs ought to be an embarrassment to this newspaper.

The team played in front of a collective crowd of over 18,000 fans Feb. 28 and 29, winning for a sixth straight time. NHL draftee Ty Smith had a record night with eight points in a win over Seattle, and then he led a remarkable comeback with two goals in shy of a minute in a win over Tri Cities.

But on consecutive days, The Spokesman-Review gave these efforts dismally minimal coverage.

Those victories made it a near PERFECT February for the Chiefs (11-1-0-0). Spokane followed that with a sweep of a Western Hockey League Central Division road trip and nine wins in a row.

Spokane returned home for a March 10 game with Kamloops and the coverage got worse! Not even a paragraph in advance. And when goaltender Lukas Parik became the FIRST Spokane goalie to score a goal in over 100 years of the sport being played in the city, it was back page with day-old GU news on page 1.

Having researched and written two books on Spokane sports history, there is no question that if it had not been for hockey in the 1940s and 1950s, Spokane might never have had its venerable old Coliseum – and later, perhaps, the Spokane Arena.

We all know who the big sports dog is in Spokane these days and it’s an honor rightfully earned.

But should that devotion take away from other popular Spokane sports?

Paul Delaney

Spokane

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The book, "Saturday Nights Were Special: The history of hockey in Spokane" was published in 2001. Copies are still available for purchase directly through the author by emailing: [email protected] or calling or texting to: 509-220-8018. Cost is $25 including U.S. shipping and payment can be made through PayPal at: [email protected]. Also avail. on Amazon.

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