Hockey

WHL's Spokane Chiefs to hold outdoor game

The Western Hockey League's Spokane Chiefs will host an outdoor hockey game Jan. 15 against the Kootenay Ice.

The Western Hockey League's Spokane Chiefs will host an outdoor hockey game Jan. 15 against the Kootenay Ice.

The event will be the first of two outdoor games in the WHL this season. The Calgary Hitmen host the Regina Pats at McMahon Stadium on Feb. 21, the day after the NHL's Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens play there in the Heritage Classic.

The Chiefs and Ice will square off at Avista Stadium, where baseball's Spokane Indians play during the summer.

The Indians are a farm team of the Texas Rangers.

"Since the NHL outdoor game in Buffalo 2008 I have wanted the Spokane Chiefs to play in one," Chiefs president Bobby Brett said in a statement. "I think it will be an unbelievable event for our players and fans."