By Dylan Kitzan/For The Chewelah Independent
The first year I was a season-ticket holder for the Spokane Chiefs, way back in 2005-06, they failed to make the Western Conference postseason. It was the second-consecutive year the Chiefs missed out on the playoffs and before the following campaign began, the front office came out with a guarantee, offering a partial refund on season tickets if Spokane missed a third-straight postseason.
In 2006-07, the Chiefs made the playoffs and the year after that, they took home the Memorial Cup, the biggest prize in the Canadian Hockey League.
One-third of the way into the 2016-2017 campaign, Spokane finds itself in ninth place in the 10-team Western Conference, with the top eight teams reaching the playoffs and while it’s not quite the money-back guarantee that the front office put on the table 11 years ago, I’ll guarantee a Spokane Chiefs playoff appearance. I have my reasons.