Lambert begins first season as Chiefs head coach

Dan Lambert begins his first season as the Spokane Chiefs head coach. Evan Closky reports.

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.  

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