Silvertips digest: Hockey Canada tabs Everett HC for U-18s

Wolf invited to USA goalie development camp; Tips listed prospect earns US development camp invite

Everett Silvertips head coach Dennis Williams was announced as an assistant coach for Canada’s Under-18 summer national team for the Hlinka-Gretzky cup in August on Tuesday, per a release from Hockey Canada.

Williams, who just completed his second season as Everett’s head coach, was the head coach of Team Canada black during last November’s U17 World Championships, leading his squad to a fifth-place finish out of 10 teams.

“Obviously growing up as a kid you wanted to play for your country and now that with the situation that I’m in, you want to coach for your country,” said Williams, a Stratford, Ontario native. “It’s obviously a great honor. Last year I had the great pleasure of coaching the under-17s and now joining the under-18s with a great staff and (a chance) learn more about the international game. I’m just really excited.”

In his first season with the Silvertips, Williams led Everett to the WHL finals and took Everett to the Western Conference semifinals this year, which they lost to the Spokane Chiefs in five games.

Dan Lambert, the Chiefs’ head coach, will serve as the head coach of the under-18 squad.

Hockey Canada also announced its coaching staff for the under-20 World Junior Championships on Tuesday, and it features Mitch Love, a former Everett captain as a player and assistant coach under Kevin Constantine and Williams from 2009-2017, as an assistant coach.

Notes

Silvertips netminder Dustin Wolf was one of nine American goaltenders to be named to the camp roster for USA Hockey’s newly-minted goaltender development program, spanning Thursday to Sunday in Plymouth, Michigan.

— Silvertips prospect Jack Lambert was named to the roster for USA Hockey’s National Development Camp, according to the twitter account for the Jr. Silvertips Elite, on Monday. As a 2003-born forward, Lambert will attend the camp from July 7-13 at the Northtown Center in Amhest, New York. Lambert, a Fairbanks, Alaska, native, finished with 13 points in 16 games for the Jr. Silvertips 15U team this season. Undrafted in the bantam draft, Lambert was put on Everett’s protected list in Januray.

Dante Hannoun scored in overtime in Game 7 of the WHL finals to send Prince Albert to the Memorial Cup as the Ed Chynoweth champions in a thrilling 3-2 win over Vancouver. It’s the first time the winner of the Scotty Munro trophy, bestowed to the league’s regular-season champion (best record), has won the WHL championship since 2012-2013 (Portland).

— The Hershey Bears, which features former Silvertips forwards Garrett Pilon and Riley Sutter, were swept by the Charlotte Checkers in four games in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the American Hockey League playoffs. Pilon finished with three assists and a -1 rating in four games. Sutter did not draw into the lineup during the playoffs.

Connor Dewar and the Iowa Wild lost, 4-2, to the Chicago Wolves in the AHL Western Conference semifinals. Dewar didn’t draw in the lineup.

Patrick Bajkov and the Florida Everblades are down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals of the ECHL playoffs to Newfoundland. Bajkov did not dress in Game 1 and was a -1 rating in Game 2.

Connor Overson, a Jr. Silvertips 14U player, was listed by the Tri-City Americans and 18U forward Sami Sihvone, from Salo, Finland, signed to play in the Eastern Hockey League premier league with the New Hampshire Avalanche, according to the Jr. Silvertips twitter account.

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