Silvertips set to hit the ice for Preseason Classic

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EVERETT — The defending Western Hockey League Western Conference champion Everett Silvertips kick off preseason action in the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic starting on Friday at Angels of the Winds Arena in Everett.

Here’s the schedule for the 3-day event, which features Everett’s four U.S. Division opponents (Portland Winterhawk, Tri-City Americans, Spokane Chiefs, Seattle Thunderbirds) and the Vancouver Giants from the B.C. Division:

Friday — Seattle vs. Vancouver, 11:30 a.m.; Spokane vs. Portland, 3 p.m.; Everett vs. Tri-City, 7 p.m.

Saturday — Tri-City vs. Portland, 11:30 a.m.; Spokane vs. Vancouver, 3 p.m.; Everett vs. Seattle, 7 p.m.

Sunday — Vancouver vs. Tri-City, 11:30 a.m.; Seattle vs. Spokane, 3 p.m.; Everett vs. Portland, 7 p.m.

All nine games can be watched at www.everettsilvertips.com. Streaming coverage will start shortly before the puck drops for each game.

Everett Silvertips Elite tabs coach for U15 program

The Everett Silvertips Elite and general manager Scott Brihn announced Thursday that Rick Ellison has been named head coach of the new Silvertips U15 program. Ellison will oversee day-to-day team operations and work with the Silvertips Elite program to pursue player promotion and advancement, and develop the growth of the Silvertips Elite program and Everett Youth Hockey.

Ellison delivers 12 years of experience as Director of Athletics for Seattle Junior Hockey and 14 years with USA Hockey in a variety of roles, including lead instructor for the CEP Coaching Program, scouting assignments for Team USA’s National Development Program (Western U.S.), and Pacific District Lead Evaluator.

Ellison lettered for four seasons at the Univeristy of Alaska-Anchorage as a forward from 1984-88 before serving as an assistant coach for the program. He also was a coach and player in Europe and Asia.

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