Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson in his office at Angel of the Winds Arena on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson in his office at Angel of the Winds Arena on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Silvertips announce they won’t extend GM’s contract

The Silvertips won 5 division titles during Garry Davidson’s 9-plus seasons as general manager.

EVERETT — Garry Davidson’s success-filled run as the Everett Silvertips’ general manager has come to an end.

The Silvertips announced Thursday in a press release that they will not extend Davidson’s contract. The 2017-18 Western Hockey League executive of the year held the position for the past nine-plus seasons.

“Thank you to Garry for his contribution to our franchise over the past nine years,” Silvertips governor Zoran Rajcic said in the release. “Garry has been (a) significant contributor to our franchise, and the business and on-ice success of the Everett Silvertips is directly attributable to his efforts.”

The release added: “The past two seasons have necessitated the restructuring of Silvertips hockey operations, and this process is ongoing. The Silvertips remain focused on the long-term on-ice and business success for our players, fans, partners, sponsors and our ownership.”

Davidson presided over a period of considerable success for the Silvertips that included eight consecutive winning seasons, five U.S. Division titles and a WHL finals appearance in 2018.

After taking over as Everett’s general manager in February of 2012, Davidson helped turn around a franchise that was in the midst of its third losing season in four years. Following a losing record in his first full season as general manager in 2012-13, the Silvertips have posted a winning record every year since. Since 2012-13, the team has amassed a 348-178-34-26 regular-season mark.

During this spring’s abbreviated season, Everett went 19-4 and cruised to its fifth U.S. Division title in the past seven years.

Since 2013, the Silvertips also have had 12 players selected in the National Hockey League draft. That includes two first-round draft picks, two second-rounders and three third-rounders.

Davidson was named the WHL Western Conference executive of the year after both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

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