WHL goes outdoors

The Spokane Chiefs and Kootenay Ice will square off in the Western Hockey League’s first ever outdoor game.

The Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic will be played Jan. 15 at Spokane’s Avista Stadium.

“Since the NHL held an outdoor game in Buffalo in 2008, I have wanted the Chiefs to play in one,” said Spokane president Bobby Brett. “I think it will be an unbelievable event for our players and fans.”

This will be the first of two outdoor games played in the league this year.

The Calgary Hitmen will host the Regina Pats on Feb. 21 at McMahon Stadium.

WHL commissioner Ron Robison is pleased to have two of the league’s key markets hosting these games.

“The WHL appreciates the commitment the Spokane Chiefs have made to stage the first ever outdoor game in one of our longest standing and most successful U.S. markets,” he said. “Our fans in Spokane and throughout the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Western Canada will not want to miss this historic outdoor event.”

Prices will range from $25-$100, with Chiefs season ticket holders getting the first crack at securing seats.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Sept. 1.

The ice surface will be installed and maintained by a team that includes Willy Bietak Productions out of Santa Monica, California, Top Shelf Arena Service’s Mike Craig and Dan Craig and Dave Gebhardt of the Spokane Public Facilities District.

The Avista Arena has hosted two U.S. Figure Skating Championships, a WHL All-Star game and a Memorial Cup under Gebhardt’s direction.

Get more info at www.whl.ca.

Just Posted

New ‘meowyoral’ race featuring felines announced by Chilliwack animal shelter

Organizers hope the cat election will generate attention for both the shelter and municipal election

VIDEO: Education Minister talks SOGI 123 and the Chilliwack school board election

He said people are making ‘noise about side issues but student safety is important’

Chilliwack athletes win provincial titles at Cultus Lake Triathlon

Close to 700 athletes competed in several distances, with action starting at Cultus Lake Park.

Chilliwack Chiefs add defenceman Alexander Marrocco

Marrocco is the younger brother of PJ Marrocco, a forward from last spring’s RBC Cup champions.

Rally in the Valley in Chilliwack to talk stewardship

It’s an event to connect interested locals with groups making a difference with species at risk

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

B.C. woman facing animal cruelty charges after emaciated dog seized

Kira, a Rottweiler, had kidney and bladder infections

Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

Kim promised to accept international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and to visit Seoul soon.

Dozens speak at Vancouver hearing that could see duplexes replace single homes

The city clerk says 73 people signed up to speak at the hearing that began early Tuesday evening and adjourned hours later with 34 speakers still waiting.

North Carolina gov pleads with storm evacuees to be patient

The death toll rose to at least 37 in three states Tuesday, with 27 fatalities in North Carolina.

North and South Korea say they plan to bid for 2032 Olympics

Moon and Kim announced a sweeping set of agreements including a vow to work together to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.

Russia’s reinstatement after doping scandal goes to a vote

The World Anti-Doping Agency is due to vote Thursday Sept. 20, 2018, on possible reinstatement of Russia.

Ontario wins stay on ruling that struck down council-cutting plan

The province had argued the stay was necessary to eliminate uncertainty surrounding the Oct. 22 vote, and the Court of Appeal agreed.

B.C. cannabis producer Tilray hits at $20-billion high as stock price explodes

This is the first export of a cannabis product from a Canadian company to the U.S.

Most Read