File:Spokane Chiefs logo.svg
|League:||Western Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|
|Colors:||Red, white and blue|
|Head Coach:||Hardy Sauter|
|General Manager:||Tim Speltz|
The Spokane Chiefs are a major junior ice hockey team that plays in the Western Hockey League based out of Spokane, Washington. The team plays its home games at the Spokane Arena. Their uniforms are similar to those of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens. Spokane consistently ranks in the top 10 in the Canadian Hockey League in attendance. The Chiefs won the Memorial Cup in 1991 and 2008.
The current franchise was granted in 1982 to Kelowna, British Columbia as the Kelowna Wings. In 1985, the team relocated to Spokane, Washington and became the Chiefs. Before the Spokane Chiefs, there was another WHL franchise in Spokane, the Spokane Flyers, which played between 1980–1982.
The Chiefs won the WHL and CHL Memorial Cup championships in 1991 and 2008. In addition, they have won two division titles and four Western Conference championships. The Chiefs and Portland Winter Hawks are the only United States based teams to win the Memorial Cup. The Chiefs are also the only team in the history of the Western Hockey League to come back from an 0–3 deficit to win a best-of-seven series, which they did against the Portland Winter Hawks in 1996.
The 1991 Memorial Cup team included future NHL players: Ray Whitney, Pat Falloon, Trevor Kidd, Jon Klemm, and Scott Bailey. This team of future NHL'ers blew through the Memorial Cup Tournament, scoring a goal in the first couple of minutes of virtually every game.
The Chiefs' move to the new Spokane Arena in 1995 proved to be good luck. Along with being called the gem of the Western Hockey League, the Arena hosted many memorable events in the first year and saw the Chiefs win 50 games and advance to the WHL finals, only to lose in five games to the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Just two years later, the Chiefs hosted the 1998 Memorial Cup, setting an attendance record. In the 1999–00 season head coach Mike Babcock led the team from a last place finish the previous year to a first place, 47 win season. The Chiefs advanced to play the Kootenay Ice in the WHL finals, but lost in six games.
Between 2001 and 2005, the Chiefs struggled to find an identity. The organization went through three head coaches in five years: Perry Ganchar (resigned), Al Conroy (fired) and Bill Peters. Still Spokane fans, known for their robust support, continued to turn out. The Chiefs consistently average 6,000–7,000 fans per game, one of the top figures in the Western and Canadian Hockey Leagues. The Chiefs are also known for a goal celebration often called the 'best in junior hockey.'  In 1999, the fans were named the best in the WHL. On Saturday nights, often referred to as 'Hockey Night in Spokane', the Spokane Arena is generally sold out, and sellouts are expected when the Tri-City Americans come to town.
The 2007–08 season produced the most wins by a Spokane Chiefs team since the 1999–00 season, a season which saw the Chiefs go to the WHL Finals. The team, backed by a solid goaltending tandem and an offensive attack led by Carolina Hurricanes draft pick Drayson Bowman, ranked in the top ten of the CHL for most of the season, and reached the #1 spot in late February. In one of the greatest series in WHL history the Chiefs beat their arch-rival, the Tri-City Americans, 4 games to 3 in the Western Conference finals to earn a spot in the 2008 WHL Finals. Five of the 7 games went into overtime, including 3 games decided in double overtime.
In the Finals, the Chiefs outscored the Lethbridge Hurricanes 15–5 and swept the series 4–0, just as they did in the 1991 WHL playoffs, to earn a trip to the Memorial Cup in Kitchener, Ontario. The Chiefs skated to a perfect 3–0 round robin record en route to their 2nd Memorial Cup, defeating the host Kitchener Rangers 4–1 in the championship game. The Chiefs remain the only U.S. team ever to win the Memorial Cup on Canadian soil.
In the 2008 offseason, head coach Bill Peters announced he was leaving the Chiefs for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. Assistant Coach Hardy Sauter was named the Chiefs 10th head coach a week later. He is the only former Chiefs player to become head coach.
In the 2009 offseason, former Chiefs defensemen and captain Jon Klemm was named assistant coach. Klemm lead the Chiefs to their first Memorial Cup championship in 1991, and won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche.
Most points: 185 - Ray Whitney (1990–91)
Most penalty minutes: 505 - Kerry Toporowski (1990–91)
Most single-season games played, goaltender: 67 - Troy Gamble (1987–88)
Most points in standings, team: 107 (2007–08)
Most wins, team: 50 (1995–96), (2007–08)
Longest game: 1:26:05 - 4 OT's (vs. Vancouver - April 10, 2009) (2nd longest game in WHL history)
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties OTL = Overtime losses Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|1985–86||72||30||41||1||-||373||413||61||3rd West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1986–87||72||37||33||2||-||374||350||76||3rd West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1987–88||72||37||32||3||-||330||296||77||2nd West||Lost West Division final|
|1988–89||72||25||45||2||-||326||419||56||6th West||Out of playoffs|
|1989–90||72||30||37||5||-||334||344||65||4th West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1990–91||72||48||23||1||-||435||275||97||2nd West||Won WHL championship and Memorial Cup|
|1991–92||72||37||29||6||-||267||270||80||2nd West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1992–93||72||28||40||4||-||311||319||60||5th West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1993–94||72||31||37||4||-||324||320||66||5th West||Lost West Division quarter-final|
|1994–95||72||32||36||4||-||244||261||68||5th West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1995–96||72||50||18||4||-||322||221||104||1st West||Lost WHL finals|
|1996–97||72||35||33||4||-||260||235||74||3rd West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1997–98||72||45||23||4||-||288||235||94||2nd West||Lost West Division final & Lost Memorial Cup|
|1998–99||72||19||44||9||-||193||268||47||7th West||Out of playoffs|
|1999–00||72||47||19||4||2||272||191||100||1st West||Lost WHL finals|
|2000–01||72||35||28||7||2||242||219||79||4th West||Lost West Division final|
|2001–02||72||33||25||11||3||223||206||80||2nd U.S.||Lost Western Conference semi-final|
|2002–03||72||26||36||6||4||216||261||62||2nd U.S.||Lost Western Conference semi-final|
|2003–04||72||32||29||4||7||200||215||74||4th U.S.||Lost Western Conference quarter-final|
|2004–05||72||24||38||8||2||192||230||58||5th U.S.||Out of playoffs|
|2005–06||72||25||39||5||3||193||254||58||5th U.S.||Out of playoffs|
|2006–07||72||36||28||4||4||232||217||80||4th U.S.||Lost Western Conference quarter-final|
|2007–08||72||50||15||1||6||251||160||107||2nd U.S.||Won WHL championship and Memorial Cup|
|2008–09||72||46||23||0||3||246||145||95||2nd U.S.||Lost Western Conference semi-final|
|Season||Total attendance||Average||Games||WHL rank|