EVERETT — The Everett Silvertips’ longtime equipment manager is moving up.
James Stucky, the only equipment manager in the franchise’s 18-season history, has been hired by the Seattle Kraken as an assistant equipment manager, the Silvertips announced Wednesday.
Stucky, a native of Burien, has worked 1,912 hockey games in his career, the majority of which came with the Silvertips. Prior to arriving in Everett he spent 1995-2003 with the AHL’s Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, the IHL’s Indianapolis Ice and the CHL’s Memphis RiverKings.
Stucky was one of the last remaining members of the organization who was with the team when Everett began play in 2003. He’s joining the Kraken, the NHL’s newest expansion team, who begin play in October.
”To the Silvertips, the City of Everett, and the Angel of the Winds Arena I say, ‘Thank you,’” Stucky said in a press release put out by the Tips. “You have helped raise three children and have carved out a special place in the hearts of my wife and me. … Every morning on my walk into the building I would often look up at the two iconic pillars that hold up the roof of the arena and would think to myself, ‘I love this city.’ I always felt a great honor to be a Tip.”
“James Stucky is more than a Silvertip, he’s a part of our history that will live forever,” Silvertips chief operating officer Zoran Rajcic said in the press release. “From day one in our expansion season he delivered a consistent work ethic, level of professionalism, and positive attitude that set a model example every day. That’s why it’s so hard to close this chapter on his career — it’s a massive understatement to say we’ll miss him. But we had a feeling this day would come — his dream has come true.”