The Western Hockey League released its 2019-2020 schedule on Wednesday, and the Everett Silvertips begin the season with two home games — against Tri-City 0n Sept. 20 followed by a game with Victoria on Sept. 21 — before embarking on a four-game road trip.
After that, Everett will play seven of its next eight games at Angel of the Winds Arena.
The Silvertips will complete their annual Eastern Conference road trip — this year against the Central Division — in two chunks. Everett treks to Lethbridge on Dec. 4 and completes the first part of the swing in four stops, ending in Calgary on Dec. 8. The second portion is Dec. 30 in Red Deer and Jan. 1 in Edmonton, with Everett knocking out its two road games against Prince George directly after on Jan. 3-4.
Among divisional opponents, the Silvertips play Seattle and Tri-City the most, with 10 meetings apiece. The Silvertips play Spokane nine times and Portland eight.
Christiansen skating with Blues
Jake Christiansen is skating with the NHL champion St. Louis Blues at their development camp, which started Tuesday and runs through Friday. Christiansen, 19, participated in the Calgary Flames’ training camp last offseason. Bryce Kindopp is only other undrafted Silvertip taking part in an NHL development camp. He’s in camp with Colorado.
Seeley named to U-18 roster
Sixteen-year-old defenseman Ronan Seeley was one of 44 players named to Hockey Canada’s selection-camp roster for the Under-18 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup. The camp takes place July 26-30 in Calgary and the tournament runs form Aug. 5-10. Silvertips head coach Dennis Williams is an assistant coach for the Canadian squad.
Import draft on Thursday
The Canadian Hockey League import draft begins at 8 a.m. PDT Thursday. Everett is expected to make one selection, with Artyom Minulin aging out of the WHL and 2000-born forward Martin Fasko-Rudas expected to return. Everett holds picks Nos. 57 and 117.