The Spokane Chiefs are poised to name Scott Carter as their general manager, a source told Taking Note on Thursday morning. . . . The announcement is expected later today. . . . Carter, 54, will take over from Tim Speltz, who left last month after 26 years to become the director of western area scouting for the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. . . . Carter, born and raised in Penticton, has been the president of Vaughn Custom Sports Canada Ltd., a hockey equipment manufacturer. . . . He was a founding member of the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame in Penticton in 1991 and was inducted into the hall in 2012. . . . He has worked in the NHL as a scout for the Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks. . . . Carter played for the junior A Penticton Knights and was part of the team that won the national championship in 1986. He also bought into the franchise, now the Vees, when it was struggling and helped make it relevant again. He stepped aside as the franchise’s managing partner in 2004 but remained on board as a shareholder. . . . Carter also has been involved with the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, helping the academies maintain standards. . . . Bobby Brett, the Chiefs’ managing partner, was in Penticton on Wednesday, perhaps finalizing the deal with Carter.
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