Forward Owen MacNeil became the second Chiefs prospect named to his respective province’s 2019 Canada Winter Games roster on Wednesday afternoon, named to Team Alberta for the February event. Fellow prospect Graham Sward was announced to Team BC’s roster earlier in the day.
MacNeil, from Calgary, was the Chiefs’ second-round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft after posting 15 goals and 32 assists for 47 points in 35 games with the Calgary Royals of the AMBHL. This season, he has scored five goals and 11 points in 17 games for the Calgary Royals midget squad in the AMHL. MacNeil also appeared in two games as an Affliated Player with the Chiefs earlier this year.
Also helping Team Alberta in the tournament is former Chief Brandin Cote (1996-2002), who will serve as an assistant coach. Cote holds the Spokane franchise record for games played (352), ranks 16th in career goals scored (101), tied for 12th in assists (154) and 14th in points (255). He is currently an assistant coach with the Swift Current Broncos.
MacNeil makes the cut from 80 players at Team Alberta’s summer camp down to 20 that will play at the tournament.
Spokane returns home for back-to-back games on December 7 and 8, including the annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by the Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund on the 8th. Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used stuffed animal to the game to throw on the ice after the Chiefs’ first goal. Toys will be gathered and donated to local families in need.
Tickets for all Chiefs home games are available online, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at Spokane Arena.