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Chiefs Acquire Goalie James Porter from Moose Jaw

Larry Brunt

Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs announced on Friday that they have acquired goaltender James Porter Jr. from the Moose Jaw Warriors. In exchange, the Chiefs send Moose Jaw an eighth-round pick in the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft.

“With the injury sustained by Campbell Arnold, we had a need at the goalie position,” said Chiefs’ general manager Scott Carter. “James has extensive experience in the WHL and we’re very familiar with him from his time in Kelowna. We’re excited to welcome him to the organization.”

Porter, a 2000-born goalie from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, spent the start of the 2019-20 season with the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL, posting a 2.59 GAA and .922 SV% in 9 games, highlighted by a 42-save shutout versus Penticton on Dec. 13.

A former seventh-round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft by Kelowna, Porter played two full seasons with the Rockets from 2017-19, recording four shutouts in 73 appearances with a 3.29 GAA and .897 SV%. He set career marks in 2017-18 with 22 wins and 2,291 minutes played, earning three shutouts. He was acquired by Moose Jaw from Kelowna in a November 2019 trade.

Porter is expected to join the team immediately. His availability for Friday night’s game versus Portland is to be determined.

The Chiefs return to action on Friday, January 3 when they host the Portland Winterhawks at Spokane Arena. It will be Fred Meyer Calendar Giveaway, with the first 3,000 fans through the gates receiving a Spokane Chiefs wall calendar courtesy of Fred Meyer.

Tickets for Friday night and all Chiefs home games are available online and via the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK or in-person at Spokane Arena.

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