Spokane Chiefs Open Fall Camp - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Spokane Chiefs Open Fall Camp

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane Chiefs opened their annual fall camp today at Spokane Arena, with the 66 players scrimmaging on three evenly split teams named for former captains Kevin Sawyer (1992-95), Jared Cowen (2006-10) and Tyler Johnson (2007-10). Sawyer, a part-time coach, and Johnson, property of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, were both in attendance for today's scrimmages.

The Chiefs will be looking to replace the goal-scoring of former Spokane defenseman Brenden Kichton, who led the WHL in scoring among defensemen last season.

Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz is eager to see the competition between both new and experienced players. "We've got some young guys who have never been to camp before, and obviously they're cutting their teeth and then getting their first look at things," Speltz said. "We've got some veterans who are vying for spots and want to improve their position on the team."

Anticipation for fall camp was palpable for fifth-year right wing Mitch Holmberg, who relished in seeing the mixed bag of players. "It's definitely a fun time of year here coming into camp, obviously seeing all the new guys coming in," Holmberg said. "It's exciting for the old guys, just to get back in the room together and get out here for a couple skates."

Spokane selected 6-foot-2-inch defenseman Jeffrey Faith No. 16 overall in the Annual WHL Bantam Draft in March, and although Faith doesn't envision himself making the team right away, he's still looking to make a good first impression. "Coming in the first year, you know you're not going to be able to make the team. But at the same time, you want to show the coaches everything you've got and that they made the right decision," Faith said.

Spokane continues its intrasquad scrimmages tomorrow and Saturday, followed by the Red/White Game at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, which is free and open to the public.

  • Pro SportsProMore>>

  • Shock Talk: Project Manager by Day, Kicker by Night

    Shock Talk: Project Manager by Day, Kicker by Night

    Spokane Shock kicker Taylor Rowan joined SWX's Neil Stover in studio for another edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Wednesday, April 23.More >>
    Spokane Shock kicker Taylor Rowan joined SWX's Neil Stover in studio for another edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Wednesday, April 23.More >>
  • What Does Russell Wilson's Divorce Mean for the Seahawks in 2014

    What Does Russell Wilson's Divorce Mean for the Seahawks in 2014

    After the Seattle Seahawks announced a statement for their Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson that he was filing for divorce from his wife, only one question popped into my head. What is going to happen to Danger-Russ on the field? More >>
    After the Seattle Seahawks announced a statement for their Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson that he was filing for divorce from his wife, only one question popped into my head. What is going to happen to Danger-Russ on the field? More >>
  • Seattle Avoids an Astros Sweep

    Seattle Avoids an Astros Sweep

    Josh Fields knew he wasn't as sharp as the previous two nights, when he saved games against the Mariners. Kyle Seager noticed, as well, jumping on a first-pitch fastball and ending Houston's hope of sweeping Seattle.More >>
    Josh Fields knew he wasn't as sharp as the previous two nights, when he saved games against the Mariners. Kyle Seager noticed, as well, jumping on a first-pitch fastball and ending Houston's hope of sweeping Seattle.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.