Hughes Named WHL Rookie of the Month

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Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced on Tuesday that Chiefs forward and Post Falls, Idaho native Bear Hughes has been named WHL Rookie of the Month for November 2019.

A ‘C’-rated prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft, Hughes recorded 12 points (5G-7A) and a plus-12 rating in 12 games during November. The Chiefs went 7-3-2-0 in the calendar month, remaining in third place in the competitive U.S. Division.

During the month of November, Hughes recorded points in eight of his team’s 12 games, posting four multi-point efforts. The final point of the month for the Post Falls product was an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime against the Victoria Royals on Saturday night.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound forward has posted 20 points (10G-10A), including one power-play goal, in 22 WHL games during the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season. Originally listed by the Chiefs, Hughes has posted 22 points (12G-10A) in 24 WHL regular season games, including one power-play goal. He has also appeared in three WHL playoff games.

Hughes and the Chiefs are in action Tuesday, December 3 (7:05 p.m.) when they play host to the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

WHL Rookie of the Month
November: Bear Hughes, Spokane Chiefs
September/October: Cole Sillinger, Medicine Hat Tigers

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 350 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.

Smith and the Chiefs host the Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Tri-City Americans on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Spokane Arena. Saturday is the annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by The Spokesman-Review Christmas Bureau. Fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal to throw onto the ice after the Chiefs score their first goal. All donated toys are delivered to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Bureau to be distributed to families in need in the Spokane community.

Tickets for all Chiefs home games are available online or via the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, in-person at Spokane Arena or over the phone at 509-535-PUCK.


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