Silvertips name La Forge director of player personnel

EVERETT — The Everett Silvertips announced Wednesday that head scout Bil La Forge has been named the Western Hockey League team’s director of player personnel.

In addition to his new title, La Forge received a three-year contract extension that will keep him in Everett through the 2016-17 season.

“Bil and I have developed a strong rapport and working relationship over the past few seasons,” Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson said in a press release. “He is very well networked around the WHL and throughout the entire hockey world. Bil has a tremendous amount of passion for the game, a good eye for players and an understanding of what we’re trying to do in our organization. I’m also a big believer in continuity, and keeping people together here in Everett gives our organization a much better chance for success in the long run.”

La Forge, 40, joined Everett’s scouting staff in 2008. He was promoted to head scout prior to the 2011-12 season. The Edmonton, Alberta, native has spent the past 14 seasons scouting for WHL teams. He worked previously for the Tri-City Americans and Lethbridge Hurricanes. He also worked for the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.

“We’ve taken great steps over the past number of seasons and I look forward to continuing to work toward our ultimate goal of winning the Memorial Cup,” La Forge said in the release. “Our (50-player protected) list is in great shape right now with some exciting young prospects that I’m confident will make a difference for the Silvertips.”

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