The Spokane Chiefs celebrate after beating Lethbridge in last year's WHL Championship (Photo: KHQ)
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs are basking in trio of honors handed out Tuesday by the Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters.
The Memorial Cup team was named the Team of the Year, while coach former head coach Bill Peters earned the award for Coach of the Year. Chiefs goalie Dustin Tokarski was named the Amateur Male Athlete of the year.
The Chiefs, coached by Bill Peters last season, set a franchise record by winning 50 wins during the regular season. They lost just 5 games including the playoffs and won their second Memorial Cup in franchise history.
Peters, after winning the trophy with the Chiefs, accepted a position with the Rockford Icehogs, part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization.
Tokarski set a number of club records last season, including shutouts and lowest goals against average. He was also named the Memorial Cup MVP.
The Chiefs, coach Peters and Tokarski will be honored at the Spokane Regional Sports Commission Youth Awards luncheon at the Spokane Convention Center on Wednesday afternoon. The 2008 junior award winners will also be honored, including Central Valley High School's Tyler Johnson, who will be named the Junior Male Athlete of the Year. Johnson was named the Western Hockey League Finals MVP after scoring three goals in four games last year.