Spokane Chiefs forward Mitch Holmberg has signed an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League, affiliate of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.
Holmberg, from Sherwood Park, Alberta, recently finished a WHL career with the Chiefs during which he broke the franchise record for career goals scored with 147. His 62 goals during the 2013-14 regular season were the most in the WHL and just the 3rd time since 2000 that a WHL player has scored 60 or more. He also led the league in power play goals with 23.
Holmberg was awarded the Bob Clarke Trophy as the league’s top regular season scorer in 2013-14, with 118 points in 72 games played.
Along with the career goals record, Holmberg approached franchise marks in games played (314, 8th), assists (149, 12th), and points (296, 5th). He finished his career with 41 playoff games played (t-16th), scoring 20 goals and adding 9 assists.
Spokane Chiefs forward Mike Aviani has signed an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League, affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks.
Aviani, in his fourth and final full season with the Chiefs, set career highs in goals (38), assists (43), and points (81). He was 2nd only to linemate Mitch Holmberg on the WHL’s power play scoring leaderboard with 20 goals.
A native of North Vancouver, B.C., Aviani finished his WHL career with 273 games played, tied for 16th in Spokane Chiefs franchise history. His 89 career goals are tied for 23rd in franchise history while his 207 points are tied for 22nd.
Aviani earned multiple Chiefs’ team awards as Humanitarian of the Year and Players’ Player for both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. He was named to the WHL’s Western Conference Second All-Star Team for the 2013-14 campaign.