The Spokane Chiefs announced on Tuesday that they have hired Manny Viveiros to be the 13th full-time head coach in the organization’s history. Viveiros was previously an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers (NHL) as well as head coach and director of player personnel of the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos, winning a WHL Championship in 2018. He will be officially introduced at a public press conference at Spokane Arena on Wednesday afternoon.
“I would like to thank Bobby and Cathy Brett as well as Scott Carter for this opportunity,” said Viveiros. “Spokane has always been one of the premier franchises in the WHL and the whole CHL. It’s an honor to join the Chiefs family. My wife Laurie and I are looking forward to living and being involved with the city.
“The WHL is very special to me and my family. I am thrilled to work with the Chiefs’ organization to continue to develop great young hockey players and, more importantly, help these young men mature to achieve their goals on and off the ice.”
Viveiros, 53, boasts 12 years of coaching experience in North America and overseas. Most recently, he was an assistant for the Oilers during the 2018-19 season.
“Manny’s coaching résumé is top-end as he has been a champion as a coach and as a player,” noted general manager Scott Carter. “What really excites me is the type of person both he and Laurie are, and the character he will display around our Chiefs every day.”
Prior to his time in Edmonton, he served as head coach and director of player personnel in Swift Current for two seasons (2016-18), leading the Eastern Conference squad to a combined 87-40-9-8 regular season record. The Broncos won 48 games for 103 points during the 2017-18 campaign before their thrilling championship run, defeating the Everett Silvertips in the finals to secure the Ed Chynoweth Cup. He was named the WHL’s 2017-18 Coach of the Year.
“We are thrilled to have Manny join the Chiefs family,” added Chiefs’ managing partner Bobby Brett. “His hockey knowledge is outstanding and it is very apparent that he will be an excellent fit with our organization. We look forward to him joining in the tradition of great coaches here in Spokane.”