Tips release Stathis Soumelidis

Everett freed up a European roster slot by releasing Czech winger Stathis Soumelidis.

Soumelidis, who just completed his 18-year-old season, had four goals, seven assists and a team-leading 119 penalty minutes in his lone season with the Silvertips. The second-round selection in last year’s import draft was also a popular player in the locker room because of his good-spirited nature.

Soumelidis’ release leaves Everett with just one European player, Swiss defenseman Mirco Mueller.

Everett general manager Garry Davidson said Soumelidis wants to play in North America again next season, and that the Tips would do everything within their power to find him a new team. Soumelidis is eligible to be picked again in this year’s import draft, and if he’s not picked he essentially becomes a free agent available to all CHL teams.

By releasing Soumelidis, the Tips are now eligible to participate in this year’s import draft. Had both Mueller and Soumelidis remained on Everett’s protected list, the Tips would have been prohibited from drafting a new Euro. Now the Tips will be able to use their first-round pick, which is a high one at 10th overall (Mueller, who’s now projected as a first-round pick in this year’s NHL draft, was selected 11th overall last year). Everett general manager Garry Davidson said he hoped to acquire an impact forward to boost an offense that struggled to score goals.

As for the coaching front, Davidson said a hire isn’t imminent as he’s still conducting interviews.

More in Sports

Police question friends of WSU quarterback who killed himself

The redshirt sophomore died Tuesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

Meadowdale tops rival Lynnwood 56-42 (VIDEO)

Led by junior guard Haben Tekle, the Mavericks race to an early lead and cruise past the Royals.

Seahawks announce coaching hires, Richard’s dismissal

Seattle hires Brian Schottenheimer, Ken Norton Jr., Mike Solari and announces it has fired Kris Richard.

Oregon AD named chairman of playoff selection committee

Six new members added to the committee, including Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott

NFL Hall of Famer drops the puck at Silvertips game

Former Seahawk offensive lineman Walter Jones did the honors prior to the Tips’ win over Tri-City

Report: Huskies promote Lake to defensive coordinator

Former defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski will now be Washington’s co-defensive coordinator.

Former Lake Stevens football star gets Fiesta Bowl spotlight

Washington Husky walk-on Josh Rasmussen conversed in sign language with a Special Olympics athlete.

Tuesday’s prep results, with links to recaps

Plus, video highlights from the boys basketball crosstown rivalry between Lynnwood and Meadowdale.

Tuesday’s prep stars of the night

Lewis Pope, G, South Whidbey Pope, a senior, scored 17 of his… Continue reading

Most Read