Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs announced on Tuesday that they have acquired goaltender Brett Balas from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for a ninth-round pick in the 2023 WHL Bantam Draft.
“We are happy to welcome Brett to the Spokane Chiefs,” said general manager Scott Carter. “He will be a good addition to our dressing room and provide some depth at the goalie position.”
Balas, a 2001-born netminder from Calgary, appeared in three games with the Raiders last season as a 17-year-old, posting a 2.96 GAA and .857 SV%. He played the majority of the year with Calgary Canucks of the AJHL. Balas was originally a third-round pick by Prince Albert in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.
In a corresponding roster move, the Chiefs have returned G Mason Beaupit to the Valley West Giants of the BCMML. Beaupit was recalled as an Affiliated Player on Oct. 9. Spokane’s roster now includes three goalies: Balas, Lukas Parik and Campbell Arnold. Parik is listed on the injury report as week-to-week.
Balas will join the team this week. He will wear jersey no. 35.
The Chiefs hit the road for games at Prince George on October 18 and 19 before returning for the first TicketsWest Player Magnet Giveaway at Spokane Arena on Wednesday, October 23 versus the Brandon Wheat Kings. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a refrigerator magnet featuring a Chiefs player courtesy of TicketsWest.
Tickets for October 23 and all Chiefs home games are available online, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK or in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at Spokane Arena.