With the main ice and community rink unavailable at Angel of the Winds Arena due to the Washington State Everett Home Show, and no other ice available in the area, the Silvertips trekked up to the Bellingham Sportsplex for practice this week in preparation of their Saturday tilt at Tri-City.
Typically in the past, Everett settled in at closer rinks in Lynnwood or Mountlake Terrace when such conflicts arose, but a scheduling snafu complicated things. Former Everett player and assistant coach Mitch Love, who left to become the head coach of the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL’s Eastern Conference this summer, handled a lionshare of such scheduling and the pre-scheduled conflict slipped through the cracks following his absence.
Hence, the Silvertips traveled about an hour and a half up Interstate-5 on Tuesday and will do the same on Thursday and Friday. The team reserved Wednesday for film and work in the weight room.
“It is what it is,” Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson said.
Everett takes on Tri-City at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday
Tips round out leadership group
The Silvertips announced the rest of their leadership group Wednesday, as 20-year-old forward Sean Richards, 20-year-old defenseman Sahvan Khaira, 19-year-old defenseman Jake Christiansen and 18-year-old defenseman Wyatte Wylie were named assistant captains, joining captain forward Connor Dewar and assistant captain forward Riley Sutter.
Nineteen-year-old forward Luke Ormsby is listed as day-to-day on the Western Hockey League’s injury report with a lower-body injury, which flared up during Everett’s pregame warm-ups for Saturday’s home opener. Reece Vitelli is also day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Seventeen-year-old import forward Peter Melcher is out 1-to-2 weeks with an upper-body injury.
Around the League
— Portland center Cody Glass was returned to the Winterhawks from NHL training camp with the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday. The sixth-overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft scored 102 points for Portland last season. It’s a needed boost for the Winterhawks, who could be without 19-year-old defenseman Henri Jokiharju, who is expected to make the Blackhawks’ season-opening roster and join veteran blueliner Duncan Keith in Chicago’s top pairing — at least to start the season.
Blackhawks send Adam Boqvist to London of the OHL. So your seven defensemen are Keith, Seabrook, Gustafsson, Rutta, Manning, Davidson and, yes, Henri Jokiharju.
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) September 26, 2018
— Meanwhile in the U.S. Division, Tri-City — Everett’s upcoming opponent on Saturday — is still without behemoth 6-foot-6, 19-year-old center Michael Rasmussen, who is still in training camp with the Detroit Red Wings. The ninth-overall pick in 2017, who compiled 59 points in 47 games with the Americans last season, is a reasonable option to make Detroit’s opening roster. The same goes for Spokane center Jaret Anderson-Dolan, the Los Angeles Kings’ second-round selection in 2017, and defenseman Ty Smith, the No. 17 selection in the 2018 draft (New Jersey Devils).
— Swift Current, the reigning WHL Champions, announced on Tuesday it made a $561,500 profit during last year’s Memorial Cup run, the second largest over a season in franchise history.
— Calgary announced it signed 18-year-old forward Josh Prokop to a standard player agreement on Wednesday. He joins his younger brother, Luke Prokop, on the Hitmen and will forego a 2019 commitment to Ohio State University.