While the Inland Northwest hasn’t had the same kind of sweetly long-lasting summer as we did last year, you know it’s time to head inside for the many months of cold weather when hockey season starts up. And while the Spokane Chiefs have played some preseason matches over the past several weeks, their 2016-17 WHL season officially kicks off this Saturday, with the opener at home against their rivals, the Tri-City Americans. Notably, this is the Chiefs’ 12th consecutive home opener against the Americans; Spokane has won the past eight. The puck hits the ice just after 7, but come early for a kickoff party starting at 4 pm, with food trucks, a beer garden, live music, kids activities and more.
Sat, Oct. 1, at 7:05 pm; pregame party at 4 pm • $10-$23 • Spokane Arena • 720 W. Mallon • spokanechiefs.com • 535-PUCK
— Chey Scott