WHL announces 2022-23 regular season start date, 2022 pre-season schedule

Calgary, Alta. — The Western Hockey League announced the 2022-23 Regular Season is scheduled to begin on Friday, September 23, 2022. The Spokane Chiefs will announce their home opener for the 2022-23 regular season on Monday, June 20.

The league also unveiled the 2022 WHL Pre-Season Schedule, including 47 games, beginning Tuesday, September 6 and concluding Sunday, September 18. The Chiefs announced their pre-season slate, including four games between two tournaments in Everett and Kennewick.

Chiefs’ 2022 Pre-Season Schedule

  • Friday, September 9 (6:00 p.m.) • Spokane vs. Everett • Everett, Wash.
  • Saturday, September 10 (2:00 p.m.) • Spokane vs. Seattle • Everett, Wash.
  • Friday, September 16 (3:05 p.m.) • Spokane vs. Portland • Kennewick, Wash.
  • Sunday, September 18 (2:05 p.m.) • Spokane vs. Tri-City • Kennewick, Wash.

The 2022 WHL Pre-season features two tournaments, including events hosted by the Everett Silvertips and Tri-City Americans.

Everett’s six-game pre-season tournament is scheduled to begin Friday, September 9 and will include appearances by all five U.S. Division Clubs. All six games will be hosted at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

Tri-City’s five-game pre-season tournament is scheduled to begin Friday, September 16 and will include appearances by all five U.S. Division Clubs. All five games will be hosted at Toyota Arena in Kennewick, Wash.

WHL Clubs will bring the excitement of WHL Pre-Season hockey to five new communities outside WHL Club markets, providing an opportunity for hockey fans in other areas of Western Canada to witness WHL hockey in person.

On Tuesday, September 6, the Prince Albert Raiders will host the Saskatoon Blades at Big River First Nation Arena in Debden, Sask., located approximately 56 miles northwest of Prince Albert.

Jon Baillie Arena in Port Coquitlam, B.C., will host two WHL games — on Friday, September 9 the Vancouver Giants will take on the Prince George Cougars, while Saturday, September 10 will feature the Victoria Royals taking on the Cougars.

On Saturday, September 17, the Calgary Hitmen and Edmonton Oil Kings will travel to the Siksika Deerfoot Sportsplex in Siksika, Alta., located approximately 77 miles southeast of Calgary.

The Legends Centre in Warman, Sask., will be the scene for the Blades and Raiders, while Cam Neely Arena in Maple Ridge, B.C., will welcome the Giants and Kelowna Rockets on Saturday, September 17.

The 2022-23 WHL Regular Season Schedule is planned to be unveiled the first week of July.

The full 2022 WHL Pre-Season schedule is available here.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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