Tuesday, August 16, 2016
SPELTZ LEAVES SPOKANE, HEADED TO MAPLE LEAFS
“Today is a very special, albeit bittersweet, day for me,” said Speltz. “I am immensely proud of what we’ve been able to build in Spokane and I am confident that the organization will continue to experience success under the guidance of Bobby Brett and the entire Chiefs staff.”
“The opportunity I’ve been presented with by Toronto is extraordinary and is something that I couldn’t pass up,” Speltz continued. “I am excited to take on a new challenge and get started with such an iconic NHL franchise. I am also very grateful that I’ll be able to assist in the Chiefs’ transition to a new general manager as well as continue to call Spokane home for my family.”
“There are so many people to thank and too many to mention to adequately express my appreciation for this organization, our staff, both past and present, the city of Spokane and our great fans.”
Speltz was General Manager for the Medicine Hat Tigers from 1988-90 before arriving in Spokane during the summer of 1990. In the subsequent 26 years under his leadership, the organization has experienced success rivaled by very few in the Western Hockey League, winning two WHL Championships and Memorial Cups in 1991 and 2008.
In Speltz’s 26 years at the helm, the Chiefs won 961 regular season games. The organization topped 40 wins 10 times, 50 wins twice and 100 points four times. They added 142 playoff wins, reaching the postseason in 23 of his 26 seasons, the Western Conference Finals seven times and the WHL Finals four times.
Additionally, he was honored as WHL Executive of the Year twice (1995-96 and 1999-00) and CHL Executive of the Year once (1995-96). He was part of the management group for Hockey Canada at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and has been part of the Hockey Canada management group for the Canadian under-20 program for the past two years.