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Bear Hughes named team captain for remainder of 2021-22 season

Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs announced on Thursday that forward Bear Hughes has been named team captain for the remainder of the 2021-22 season. Hughes becomes the 35th captain in franchise history and replaces Jack Finley, who was traded to Winnipeg earlier this season.

“Bear exemplifies everything we’re looking for in a leader,” said Head Coach Adam Maglio. “He has a tremendous work ethic on and off the ice, leading by example in all aspects.”

Born and raised in Post Falls, Idaho, Hughes was selected by the Washington Capitals in the fifth round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. He leads the team in scoring this season with 31 points (11G-20A) and has 80 points (29G-51A) in 91 career games.

Hughes was listed by the Chiefs in 2018 after going undrafted in the WHL draft. He played one season with the Spokane Braves (KIJHL), earning league Rookie of the Year and division MVP honors. He debuted for Spokane on March 15, 2019 and scored two goals in his second game (March 16). The 6-f00t-2 forward scored 16 goals and 31 assists during the 2019-20 campaign, earning team Rookie of the Year honors and the eyes of NHL scouts. Due to COVID uncertainty surrounding the 2020-21 WHL season, he was loaned to the Fargo Force of the USHL, posting 24 points (9G-15A) in 35 games.

The Chiefs’ full leadership group now includes:

  • F Bear Hughes — Captain
  • F Blake Swetlikoff — Alternate Captain (full-time)
  • D Raegan Wiles — Alternate Captain (full-time)
  • F Erik Atchison — Alternate Captain (part-time)
  • F Reed Jacobson — Alternate Captain (part-time)
  • D Graham Sward — Alternate Captain (part-time)

“We have an excellent group of leaders in our room,” added Maglio. “Each of these guys have shown what it takes to be a role model and example for our younger players.”

The Spokane Chiefs are a member of the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League, the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players. Since 1985 the Chiefs have been a pillar in the Spokane community, offering family-friendly entertainment and a winning tradition which includes: two Memorial Cup Championships in 1991 & 2008, two WHL Championships in 1991 & 2008 and four Western Conference Championships in 1991, 1996, 2000 & 2008. Over 60 alumni have gone on to play in the National Hockey League.

The Chiefs’ next home game is Friday, January 28 versus the Seattle Thunderbirds. It’s Gold Seal Plumbing Princesses and Heroes Night — bring the kids to meet their favorite Disney princesses and heroes! Tickets for all regular season games are available online at spokanechiefs.com/tickets.

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