EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), seven-time U.S. Division champions of the Western Hockey League, announced today that defenseman Gianni Fairbrother has been selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round (77th overall) of the 2019 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
“The Everett Silvertips congratulate Gianni Fairbrother on his selection by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round of the NHL Entry Draft,” said Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson. “He’s worked extremely hard at establishing himself as one of the most dependable defensemen in our league, and deserves acknowledgement for his poise and relentless approach on and off the ice. Continuing with that approach will set a tremendous example for our blueline next season.”
Fairbrother, 18, reached career highs in goals (10), assists (26), and points (36) in 64 games with the Silvertips this season, helping the club secure their third straight U.S. Division title while securing four assists in ten postseason games. The 6-foot, 194-pound defenseman was named Silvertips Most Improved Player this season, registering six multi point games and set new career highs also in plus-minus (+23), and power play goals (4). He had a career high four assists on Nov. 9 vs. Kamloops.
The native of North Vancouver jumped 35 spots in the final NHL Central Scouting and has 41 points (12g-29a) along with 113 penalty minutes in 100 career WHL games, all with the Silvertips. He was a part of last season’s Silvertips team that captured their second Western Conference title in franchise history and has eight points (1g-7a) and a +11 rating in 35 postseason games.
Fairbrother, selected along with goaltender Dustin Wolf (Calgary) in the NHL Entry Draft, are among five Silvertips who have been selected in the NHL Draft over the last two years. A total of 19 players have made their debut in the NHL after suiting up for the Silvertips, who began play in 2003-04.
2019-20 SCHEDULE, TICKET INFORMATION
The Silvertips open the pre-season on Friday, Aug. 30 during the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic in downtown Everett, at 7:00 p.m. against the Tri-City Americans. The Tips regular season schedule for the 2019-20 season will be announced on Wednesday, offering full 34-game season tickets, 22-game, and 14-game plans for as little as $215 total per seat. Deposits for $50 will secure a seat for the 2019-20 season, available at www.everettsilvertips.com/season or by calling (425) 252-5100 during normal business hours (Monday through Thursday during the offseason, 9am to 4pm).
Tips pre-season home tickets are expected to go on sale beginning Aug. 1.
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