Yamamoto Named WHL Player Of The Week

Larry Brunt

CALGARY, Alta. / SPOKANE, Wash. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Chiefs forward Kailer Yamamoto has been named WHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 30. The third-year forward racked up three goals and four assists in four games, helping the Chiefs to a 3-0-1-0 record and vaulting himself into second place in the league’s scoring race.

Yamamoto, a Spokane native, began the week by scoring the game-winning goal and adding two helpers in the Chiefs’ 6-2 win at Moose Jaw on Oct. 25, earning third-star honors.

He followed that up the next night with a two-goal, first-star performance against the Saskatoon Blades – scoring the game-winner and the insurance goal – in a repeat 6-2 victory. The goals were his ninth and 10th of the season, pushing him into a tie for third among all WHL goal scorers.

The 2017 NHL Entry Draft prospect capped his week by extending his point streak to four games with assists at Prince Albert on Friday, Oct. 28 (4-2 win; second star) and Swift Current on Saturday, Oct. 29 (3-2 overtime loss; third star).

Yamamoto was honored as WHL Player of the Week once last season, for the week of Dec. 14-20, 2015. Earlier this season, he was given an “A” rating in the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting “Players to Watch” list, indicating a potential first-round draft choice.

Spokane returns to the Spokane Arena to open a six-game homestand, their longest of the season, when they host the Red Deer Rebels on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. It will be Washington’s Lottery Night at the Arena, followed by Coca-Cola Buck Night on Saturday as the Chiefs take on the Tri-City Americans.

Tickets for the weekend and all Chiefs’ home games are available in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and online at and

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