Sat Nov 24

Don Nachbaur will step into rarefied air on Saturday night when the Chiefs host the Tri-City Americans. Spokane's head coach will become just the fourth coach in the history of the WHL to coach 1,000 games.

Nachbaur will coach games number 999 and 1,000 against the Tri-City Americans, the franchise that he coached for six seasons and 423 games. Spokane will enter into a home-and-home series this weekend with the Americans; Friday night in Kennewick, Washington and Saturday night in Spokane.

He began his coaching career with the Seattle Thunderbirds in 1994-95 winning his first of three Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophies as the league's top coach. He coached 408 games in Seattle winning 202 times. He earned 229 wins in Tri-City over his six seasons with the Americans. Nachbaur is in his third season in Spokane and has coached 167 games for the Chiefs, winning 102. He added Coach of the Year honors with each franchise.

Nachbaur will join Ken Hodge Ernie McLean and Lorne Molleken as the only men to stand behind a WHL bench for 1,000 games.

Hodge is the all-time leader in career games coached at 1,411 games with Edmonton and Portland while McLean coached 1,067 games with Estevan and New Westminster. Molleken surpassed 1,000 earlier this year on the bench of the Saskatoon Blades and is currently at 1,016 with stops in Regina and Moose Jaw on his resume.