Chiefs acquire defenseman Ben Bonni from Medicine Hat

Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs announced on Monday that they have acquired defenseman Ben Bonni from the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for an eighth-round pick in the 2023 WHL Draft.

“We are pleased to acquire Ben and look forward to his future development with the Chiefs organization,” said Scott Carter, the Chiefs’ general manager.

Bonni, a 2004-born rearguard from Winnipeg, Manitoba, was originally a sixth-round pick by the Tigers in the 2019 WHL Draft. He posted a goal and two assists in just four games played with the Winnipeg Thrashers U18 AAA last season.

In 2019-20, then as just a 15-year-0ld w/ the same Thrashers U18, he put up 18 points (8G-10A) in 42 games, adding two assists in four playoff contests.

Ben Bonni (Winnipeg Thrashers)
Ben Bonni (Winnipeg Thrashers)

The draft pick headed back to Medicine Hat is their own pick, originally acquired by the Chiefs last week in a trade involved forward Owen MacNeil.

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’ 2021-22 regular season will begin on Saturday, October 2 as they host the Tri-City Americans at Spokane Arena. Tickets for Bud Light Opening Night and all regular season games are available online at

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