By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The bad blood between the Tri-City Americans and Spokane Chiefs started long before any of the players on either team this season were born.
It was Oct. 1, Opening Day of the 1988-89 season.
The Tri-City Americans had just relocated from New Westminster, British Columbia, and they still wore the trademark yellow and black of their previous team, the Bruins.
Before the season opener — at Spokane — then-Americans beat writer Eric Degerman reported: “Promotion people for the Chiefs and TV sportscasters began to exhort their fans earlier this week by asking them to wear red, white and blue — the colors real Americans wear.”
Nothing has changed in 25 years, except the Americans have worn red, white and blue for 21 years.
“It will never change,” Spokane coach Don Nachbaur said of the intense rivalry between the teams. “It’s two competitive teams and franchises, and I don’t think there is anybody without pride playing the game, and that goes for both sides.”