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The Everett Silvertips may be one of the youngest franchises in major junior hockey but they’re also one of the most successful considering how new they still are to the Western Hockey League.
In fact, they’re widely considered the greatest expansion hockey team in junior history!
Everett Silvertips Thru the Years
Everett arrived with a bang for the 2003-04 season, taking the state of Washington by storm. The Silvertips, named after a type of bear, charged out of the gate like an angry bear. Led by former standout NHL coach Kevin Constantine, they amassed a 35-26-8-2 record, winning the U.S. Division title.
Their 80 points broke the major junior hockey expansion record, surpassing any team in the WHL, OHL or QMJHL. They unbelievably made it all the way to the WHL final as an expansion squad.
Since then, The Silvertips have had up years and down years, winning three division crowns. Their last title came in 2006-2007 when they set franchise records with 54 wins and 111 points.
Among the most famous Silvertips alumni are Peter Mueller and Zach Hamill, both first-round picks in the NHL. Mueller hit the 20-goal and 50-point mark as a pro with the Phoenix Coyotes; Hamill is just breaking into the league with the Boston Bruins.
Other guys that have cracked an NHL lineup include players you’ve probably heard of like: Mike Wall, Shaun Heshka, Ivan Branka, and Riley Armstrong.
It was clear from the start that the Everett Silvertips were meant to succeed.
They should continue to dazzle the WHL for years to come!