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Chiefs trade goalie Campbell Arnold to Victoria

Larry Brunt

Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs announced on Thursday that they have traded goaltender Campbell Arnold to the Victoria Royals for a third-round pick in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft.

“We felt Campbell deserved a chance to be a starting goalie in the WHL and this will provide him that opportunity while helping clear up our crowded crease situation,” said Chiefs General Manager Scott Carter. “He is also from the (Vancouver) Island so the ability to play closer to home is an added bonus.

“This trade was very difficult emotionally for me and our staff as Campbell was one of my first WHL draft picks and he is such a great young man,” added Carter. “He will be greatly missed and we wish him the best with the Royals. Once a Chief, always a Chief.”

Arnold, 19, was originally the Chiefs’ second-round (28th overall) pick in the 2017 WHL Draft. After one appearance as a 15-year-old and one more as a 16-year-old, the Nanaimo, B.C. native became a full-time WHL netminder in 2018, appearing in 31 games with a .913 SV%. He was off to a great start for the 2019-20 campaign, posting a 2.59 GAA and .902 SV% in 22 appearances before a December leg injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year. He battled back from injury to play 10 games during the abbreviated 2020-21 season and three so far this season.

Also headed to Victoria in the deal is a ninth-round pick in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft (originally Kamloops’ pick).

The roster move puts Spokane at 24 active players, including 14 forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies.

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, October 29 versus Seattle. It’s Garage Sale Night as the team is cleaning out the storage rooms to make room for new promotional items. Bid on old signage, promotional giveaways, souvenirs and more! Tickets for October 29 and all regular season games are available online at spokanechiefs.com/tickets.

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