Chiefs sign third-round WHL pick Hayden Paupanekis

Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs are proud to announce that prospect Hayden Paupanekis has signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement. From Winnipeg, Manitoba, Paupanekis was selected by the Chiefs in the third round (49th overall) of the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft in May.

“We are excited that Hayden and his family have committed to the Spokane Chiefs organization,” Chiefs General Manager Matt Bardsley said. “Hayden is a player who has an excellent combination of skating, skill, sense and compete. He can play and contribute in multiple situations and we look forward to watching him develop with our organization.”

The 6-foot-1, 161-pound forward spent the 2021-22 season with the Winnipeg Wild Red U15 AAA, where he tallied 76 points (45G-31A) in just 29 games and added nine more in four playoff games (5G-4A).

The 15-year-old also played seven playoff games up with the Winnipeg Wild U17 club, tacking on five more points on two goals and three assists.

“I’m thankful to be part of such a great organization!” Paupanekis said. “I’m so excited for the future as a Spokane Chief.”

Ticket packages for the 2022-23 regular season – including the popular Game of the Month Package which includes Opening Night – are on sale now! For more information, visit or call a ticket account executive at 509-535-PUCK.

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.

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