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Chiefs acquire forward McCarry and draft pick from Kamloops for Toporowski

Allen Douglas

Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs announced on Monday that they have acquired forward Nick McCarry (2001) and a second-round pick in the 2025 WHL Prospects Draft in exchange for forward Luke Toporowski (2001).

“Picking up a second-round pick in an upcoming draft provides us a valuable asset as we build around our young core,” said Chiefs General Manager Scott Carter. “McCarry is a quick, skilled forward who will fill an important role on this year’s team.”

McCarry is a 5-foot-9 winger from Calgary who began his career with the Medicine Hat Tigers. He was picked up by Kamloops prior to the 2021-22 regular season and has picked up 28 points (7G-21A) through 34 games,  including points in four of his last six. In total, he has 69 points (30G-39A) in 138 career WHL games.

Toporowski is a 223-game WHL veteran after being picked by the Chiefs in the first-round (8th overall) in the 2016 WHL draft. He has scored 76 goals and 89 assists for 165 points with the Chiefs, adding 14 points (8G-6A) in 21 playoff games.

“Luke has been an outstanding Chief both on and off the ice,” added Carter. “It’s always hard to trade key players on your roster and Luke’s leadership and tenacity will be hard to replace. We wish him the best in Kamloops.”

The WHL Trade Deadline is Monday, January 17 at 3 p.m. MT / 2 p.m. PT.

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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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