By Carmen Dittoe – Silvertips Staff Writer
EVERETT, Wash – On Saturday, July 14, the floor of Angel of the Winds Arena saw hockey for the first time since May.
The 2018 Silvertips Street Hockey Tournament, presented by Wolfe Plumbing & Wolfe Fire Protection and put on by the Silvertips front office, was a fantastic opportunity for fans to come out and experience hockey in July. With three levels of competition (youth, adult recreation, and adult competitive) and Silvertips player appearances, participants of all ages had the chance to compete among the community and get a feel for what it is like to play in the main arena.
While past Silvertips Street Hockey Tournaments took place outdoors at North Everett’s Clark Park, construction moved this year’s event to arena play. With the summer sun making a fierce appearance, the air conditioned building was the perfect location for ball hockey and friendly competition.
The annual event perfectly fit the desire to see the sport in the Pacific Northwest’s booming hockey atmosphere while engaging fans in the offseason. Silvertips head coach Dennis Williams expressed that the impact of this tournament was indefinitely felt in the community.
“This tremendous event is great for local hockey. You can see the amount of people and participants here who love playing the game and the ball hockey aspect of it. From people as young as probably ten years old to 50+, it’s great to see the interest level of hockey in Everett,” said Williams.
Former Silvertips captain Matt Fonteyne made a special appearance, expressing how special it was to see Everett have community hockey events in the summer.
“Whenever you come to the rink in July, it’s obviously huge for the fans in Everett but also for the kids and everyone that gets to play in this tournament,” said Fonteyne. “It definitely brings back some memories from last season and gets everyone hyped for the fall.”
For his first time being at the event, Fonteyne said the initial aspect he noticed was the level of competition among the participants and fans—and how packed the stands were for a street hockey tournament.
“I really believe that, moving forward, this team is going to do great things and it really starts with events like this to bring the fans together. Because ultimately, without that fans, we couldn’t do half of what we do,” said Fonteyne.
Fifteen-year-old participant Brooklyn Davidson, a member of the adult recreational championship-winning team, made her first appearance at the event this year.
“Our shootout win was definitely my favorite part of the day, especially since the winning goal was scored by the youngest member of the team,” said Davidson.
Let it be known that nearly the entire roster had missed with a shooter tutor in goal, including two players from the Silvertips team.
Davidson, a member of the Salmon Arm Silvertips female midget team, said it was great to see how many different levels were able to compete in the inclusive event.
“There were so many different people participating. It was a great turnout, definitely well-organized and a great opportunity to help keep hockey alive in summertime,” said Davidson.
The popular community event was invaluable in generating energy for the upcoming season while bringing together the population for a quick time in the summer. Silvertips hockey will be back on the ice on August 31 for the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic, and it is clear after this weekend that the fans will most definitely be ready.