By Nick Patterson Herald Writer
June 2, 2003
Kevin Constantine is introduced as head coach of the expansion Everett Silvertips. He gives Everett instant credibility because of his seven seasons as a head coach in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils.
April 27, 2004
With a 2-1 overtime victory over the Kelowna Rockets in Game 7, the Constantine-led Silvertips advance to the Western Hockey League finals as an expansion team. Everett sets numerous records for a WHL expansion team, going 35-27-8-2 and winning the U.S. Division and Western Conference titles.
April 28, 2004
Constantine is awarded the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s Coach of the Year.
June 10, 2005
With the departure of general manager Doug Soetaert, Constantine becomes Everett’s director of hockey operations in addition to being head coach.
March 19, 2006
Everett wins its second U.S. Division title in three seasons under Constantine.
Aug. 21, 2006
Soetaert returns as general manager, resulting in Constantine relinquishing his title as director of hockey operations.
Sept. 14, 2006
Constantine is given a then-league record $5,000 fine and suspended four games for his part in the “bus gate” scandal, in which he made his players ride the bus back to Everett in their gear following a preseason loss at Tri-City.
March 17, 2007
Everett finishes 54-15-1-2 to claim the Scotty Munro Trophy for the league’s best record. The Silvertips also win their third U.S. Division title in four seasons under Constantine. However, Everett is upset in the second round of the playoffs by the Prince George Cougars.
May 29, 2007
Constantine steps down to take the head-coaching position with the Houston Aeros, the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. In Constantine’s four seasons the Silvertips went 162-97-20-9 and won seven playoff series.
April 15, 2010
Constantine’s contract with the Aeros is not renewed. Houston goes 117-94-11-18 in his three seasons.
Oct. 18, 2010
Constantine is hired as head coach by HC Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss professional league.
Oct. 22, 2012
Constantine is fired by HC Ambri-Piotta after the team wins just twice in its first 14 games of the 2012-13 season. The team went 30-57-5-7 in parts of three seasons under Constantine. He spends the remainder of the season with the team as a consultant.
June 13, 2013
Constantine is hired as head coach by the Silvertips, returning to the WHL after a six-year absence.
Nick Patterson, Herald writer