Garry Davidson – General Manager
Heading into his seventh full season as the architect of the Everett Silvertips roster, Garry Davidson has built Silvertips hockey into a restored power program of the WHL, routinely in contention and dispatching graduates of the club onto the highest professional ranks. The reigning recipient of the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy as WHL Executive of the Year (2017-18), he brought an extensive hockey background with him to Everett when he was named General Manager of the Silvertips in February 2012. In a career spanning more than three decades, Davidson’s tenure in hockey includes experience as an owner, general manager, head coach and player personnel director in the junior and professional ranks in both North America and Europe.
Since taking over the Silvertips, Davidson has presided over a building process that has led the franchise to significant strides on the ice with their second Western Conference title in 2017-18 and three U.S. Division titles in the last four seasons, while stocking the club’s system with exciting young players and NHL prospects. His constructed roster has evolved into five consecutive winning seasons in franchise history to date, including the team’s sixth U.S. Division title with newly hired head coach Dennis Williams and a record of 211-105-26-18 over the last five regular seasons. Since Davidson assumed control, four Silvertips have been selected in the first or second round of the NHL Entry Draft and this past summer, three Silvertips (most since 2010) were selected in the NHL Draft, while the exiting 20-year old class – Kevin Davis, Patrick Bajkov, and Matt Fonteyne – were signed to NHL or AHL contracts.
Before taking the reins in Everett, Davidson, 67, spent four seasons as Director of Player Personnel for the Portland Winterhawks from 2008-11. In that role he was instrumental of Portland’s Bantam Draft selections and scouting of recruited players who helped the program emerge from a last place finish to three straight WHL Finals appearances.
Davidson led the BCHL’s Salmon Arm SilverBacks as Owner, General Manager and Head Coach from 2001-08. A three-time BCHL Coach of the Year, his other coaching stops in the league include Penticton, Nanaimo, Victoria and Trail. He also oversaw all player recruiting with each of his BCHL clubs, helping produce eventual Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and Hobey Baker Award recipient Paul Kariya, along with two additional Hobey Baker honorees (Brendan Morrison and Ryan Duncan) and three first-round NHL draft picks (Travis Zajac, Kris Chucko and Riley Nash) with Salmon Arm alone.
Originally from the town of Souris, Manitoba, Davidson’s coaching career began in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in 1978. He then spent eight seasons coaching overseas, where he won an Austrian league championship in 1984 and also spent time in Switzerland and Italy. He returned to North America in 1990 to coach Junior-A in Penticton and was an Assistant Coach for Team Canada’s gold medal-winning entry at the 1995 Spengler Cup.
Residing in Everett, Garry and his wife, Brenda, have two sons: Ty, and Clay (mixed martial artist residing in Kelowna, BC).
|YEAR||TEAM||LEAGUE||GAMES||WINS||LOSSES||TIES||OT LOSSES||SO LOSSES||POINTS|
|1999-00||Trail Smoke Eaters||BCHL||60||8||47||5||0||0||21|
|2000-01||Trail Smoke Eaters||BCHL||60||18||34||8||0||0||44|
|2001-02||Salmon Arm SilverBacks||BCHL||60||32||23||0||5||0||69|
|2002-03||Salmon Arm SilverBacks||BCHL||60||38||19||2||1||0||79|
|2003-04||Salmon Arm SilverBacks||BCHL||60||42||17||1||0||0||85|
|2004-05||Salmon Arm SilverBacks||BCHL||60||34||22||1||3||0||72|
|2005-06||Salmon Arm SilverBacks||BCHL||60||41||17||0||2||0||84|