SPOKANE, Wash. — Dan Lambert is no longer the head coach of the Spokane Chiefs after accepting an assistant coaching position in the NHL with the Nashville Predators.

Lambert was the coach for the last two seasons with the Chiefs and led them to a 81-46-5-8 regular season record. He also helped the Chiefs surge to its deepest playoff push last season since 2011. The team reached the Western Hockey League Western Conference Finals.

“From the front office staff to the hockey staff, the scouts and the players, these have been some of the best years for our family," Lambert said. "Thank you to the fans for all the support. Once a Chief, always a Chief!” 

Lambert had just signed a contract extension with the Chiefs on May 21, 2019.

“Our whole organization is proud of this opportunity for Dan and excited that another Chief will be coaching in the NHL next season,” General Manager Scott Carter said. “In his two years with us, he did an extremely good job on the ice and was an even better person off it.While he had just agreed on a new two-year deal, our organization believes in developing both players and staff. We were not going to hold Dan back from this opportunity. We wish him great success moving forward.”