Training camp is underway for the Spokane Chiefs and once the season begins, we will see a lot of familiar faces on this young team, but the biggest change will be on the bench with new head coach Dan Lambert.
Now, Lambert takes over a franchise that has seen many-a-new coaches come through the ranks--Mike Babcock, Bill Peters and Don Nachbaur are all coaching in the NHL and Lambert, who has coached in the NHL as an assistant, hopes to bring a new sense of calm to the organization that didn't make the playoffs one season ago.
"I'm really thrilled," Lambert said. "Great bunch of young guys out there. Some vets--Yamamoto and those guys you know how much skill level they have, but also some of the young guys, they're very promising. I think it's going to be fun."
NHL first round pick and Spokane native Kailer Yamamoto said, "He's a great coach. He definitely knows his system, definitely knows the game of hockey. Obviously, being a Memorial Cup MVP and playing in the NHL, he knows his stuff. Being able to take notes from him is awesome and I just try to close my mouth and open my ears and take it in."
Los Angeles Kings product Jaret Anderson-Dolan said, "He wants us to play fast. We're a skilled team, we have lots of talent so we're building off that and just playing with our strengths. It's a little different--a little different gameplan, but it's exciting to have a new face and everybody loves him so far."
Our first glance at Lambert's team will be in the annual Red-White scrimmage at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Spokane Arena.