Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs announced on Monday multiple roster moves, including the reassignment or release of three players.
Forward Copeland Fricker (2003) and defenseman Ben Bonni (2004) have been officially reassigned but will remain on the club’s 50-man protected list, eligible to play for the Chiefs as Affiliated Players. Forward James Form (2002) has been released.
“We have some some WHL roster deadlines coming up and expect to see a few players return from long-term injuries soon, causing a numbers crunch we needed to address,” said General Manager Scott Carter. “These types of decisions are never easy and we thank all three players for their hard work.”
WHL rules dictate that teams can have a maximum of 25 players on their active roster. Forwards Michael Cicek, Grady Lane and Reed Jacobson, as well as defenseman Mac Gross — all of whom were out with long-term injuries — are expected to return to game action soon. Pending injury recovery of those players, Fricker and Bonni are expected to report to Junior A clubs, with Fricker headed to Vernon (BCHL) and Bonni to Selkirk (BCHL).
The WHL Trade Deadline is on Monday, January 17 at 2 p.m. PT.
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 14 versus the Everett Silvertips. It’s the White Claw Las Vegas Trip Giveaway as one lucky fan at the game will walk away with an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas. Tickets for all regular season games are available online at spokanechiefs.com/tickets.