SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs announced on Tuesday the team names for their 2018 training camp, which begins on Thursday, August 23 at Spokane Arena. This year’s teams will again be Team Johnson, Team Sawyer and Team Ryan, honoring former Chiefs Tyler Johnson (2007-11), Kevin Sawyer (1992-95) and Derek Ryan (2003-07), respectively.
“We’re happy to again have the opportunity to pay homage to some truly excellent hockey players who made their mark during their time in Spokane,” said Chiefs’ Assistant General Manager of Hockey Operations Chris Moulton. “Our hope is that in representing some of the most impactful players to ever put on a Chiefs’ uniform, our guys will strive to achieve the same level of greatness as their predecessors.”
Team Johnson, honoring current Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson, will wear blue jerseys at camp. Team Sawyer, recognizing former Anaheim Mighty Ducks forward Kevin Sawyer, will wear white, while Team Ryan, in honor of current Calgary Flames forward Derek Ryan, will wear red.
“Tyler, Kevin and Derek represent what our organization is all about and we appreciate their contributions, including their time in helping with training camp and being strong role models for our young players.”
Ice sessions will take place between three camp teams beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 23 and continue through Saturday, Aug. 25 before a roster cut-down prior to the annual Red-White Game at Spokane Arena on Sunday, August 26 at 1 p.m.
All camp ice sessions, including the Red-White Game, are free and open to the public.
Detailed ice session schedule information, team names and rosters will be announced at a later date.