Kelowna Chiefs
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City Kelowna, British Columbia
League Kootenay International Junior Hockey League
Conference Okanagan/Shuswap
Division Okanagan
Founded 2010 (2010)–11
Home arena Rutland Arena
Colors Red, black, white
              
General manager Flag of Canada Fred Pittendreigh
Head coach Flag of Canada Ken Andrusiak

Website
www.kelownachiefs.com/
Franchise history
2007-2010 Chase Chiefs
2010-Present Kelowna Chiefs

The Kelowna Chiefs are a junior "B" ice hockey team based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Okanagan Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). They play their home games at Rutland Arena.

History[edit | edit source]

Chase[edit | edit source]

The Chiefs were founded as the Chase Chiefs in 2007. They did not qualify for the playoffs in their opening season, finishing with a record of 26-20-5. The following year, they finished 25-23-4, qualifying for the playoffs, where they lost in the second round to the Sicamous Eagles. In the 2009-10 season, they finished with a record of 26-20-4, finishing third in the Okanagan Division. They defeated the Kamloops Storm in the opening round, 3-1, before bowing out to Revelstoke in the second. The 2009-10 season marked the end of the Chase Chiefs, however, as the franchise relocated to Rutland, in Kelowna for the 2010-11 season. In three seasons, the Chase Chiefs compiled a total record of 77-63-13. They were last coached by Brad Fox before the relocation. However, the town of Chase was awarded an expansion franchise for the KIJHL in 2011-12, only a year after the departure of the Chiefs. The Chase Heat joined the league along with the Summerland Steam in 2011-12.

Kelowna[edit | edit source]

The new Chiefs team played in Kelowna for the 2010-11 season, and finished with a record of 26-21-1-0-2 in their opening season, second in the Okanagan Division. They would lose in the second round of the playoffs, 4-0, to the Osoyoos Coyotes. In their second season, the Chiefs finished with an almost identical record, 26-22-0-0-4, finishing fourth in the Okanagan Division. They surprisingly played all the way to the league championship, before being swept 4-0 by the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. The following year, the Chiefs finished with a record of 35-15-1-0-1, first in the Okanagan Division. They were defeated, however, in the second round of the playoffs by Osoyoos again. In 2013-14, the Chiefs finished 2nd in the Okanagan Division, before losing in the first round to Osoyoos again. The next year, the Chiefs finished with a record of 23-24-2-0-2, 2nd in the Okanagan Division. They lost, however, in the first round again, this time to the Summerland Steam. The 2015-16 season was almost identical, with the Chiefs' compiling a record of 24-23-2-2-1, and losing in the first round again to Summerland.[1]

Season-by-season record[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Records as of March 2, 2016.[2][3]

Season GP W L T OL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2010-11 50 26 21 1 2 55 178 176 2nd, Okanagan Lost in Division Finals, 0-4 (Coyotes)
2011–12 52 26 22 0 4 56 221 208 4th, Okanagan Lost in Finals, 0-4 (Nitehawks)
2012–13 52 35 15 1 1 72 205 135 1st, Okanagan Lost in Division Finals, 2-4 (Coyotes)
2013–14 52 31 17 0 4 66 201 170 2nd, Okanagan Lost in Division Semifinals, 0-4 (Coyotes)
2014–15 52 23 24 2 2 50 161 173 3rd, Okanagan Lost in Division Semifinals, 3-4 (Steam)
2015–16 52 24 23 2 1 51 144 158 3rd, Okanagan Lost in Division Semifinals, 2-4 (Steam)
2016–17 47 20 22 2 3 45 157 156 3rd of 5 Okanagan Lost in Division Semifinals, 3-4 (Steam
2017-18 47 27 15 1 4 59 221 171 2nd of 5, Okanagan Lost in Division Finals, 2-4 (Coyotes)
2018-19 49 43 3 1 2 89 276 111 1st of 5, Okanagan Lost in Conference Final
2019-20 49 32 12 3 2 69 186 130 1st of 5, Ohlhausen

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Records as of March 2, 2016.[4][5][6]

Season Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals KIJHL Championship
2010-11 W, 4-3, Princeton L, 0-4, Osoyoos
2011-12 W, 4-2, Osoyoos W, 4-1, Princeton W, 4-1, Sicamous L, 0-4, Beaver Valley
2012-13 W, 4-2, Summerland L, 2-4, Osoyoos
2013-14 L, 0-4, Osoyoos
2014-15 L, 3-4, Summerland
2015-16 L, 2-4, Summerland
2016-17 L, 3-4 Summerland
2017-18 W, 4-3 Summerland L, 2-4 Osoyoos
2018-19 W, 4-0 Osoyoos W, 4-1 Summerland L, 2-4 Revelstoke --

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