TOURNEY HUB // Delta Hotels Preseason Classic

By Carmen Dittoe – Silvertips Staff Writer

After nearly 16 weeks without hockey, it feels as though Everett is merely hours away from puck drop at the 2018 Delta Hotels Preseason Classic.

DELTA HOTELS PRESEASON CLASSIC SCHEDULE (all games at A.O.T.W. Arena in downtown Everett)


HOME                                                   VISITOR                                             DATE              TIME   (final score)           

Seattle Vancouver 8/31/18 (VAN 4 – SEA 2)
Spokane Portland 8/31/18 (SPO 7 – POR 1)
SILVERTIPS Tri-City 8/31//18 (TC 4 – EVT 3 / SO)
Tri-City Portland 9/1/18 (POR 2 – SPO 1)
Spokane Vancouver 9/1/18 (VAN 3 – SPO 2 / OT)
SILVERTIPS Seattle 9/1/18 (SEA 5 – EVT 4 /ot)
Vancouver Tri-City 9/2/18 11:30am
Seattle Spokane 9/2/18 3:00pm
SILVERTIPS Portland 9/2/18 7:00pm

Get your head in the game and go through a refresher and run-down of what that weekend holds:

EVERETT, WA - MAY 11: (Photo by Christopher Mast/Everett Silvertips)

Everett Silvertips

  • 2017-18 Regular season standing:
    • First in U.S. Division
    • First in Western Conference
    • Third overall at the end of regular season
  • Record: 47-20-2-3
  • Playoff run:
    • Round 1: Defeated Seattle in five games
    • Round 2: Defeated Portland in five games
    • Round 3: Defeated Tri-City in six games
    • Round 4: Lost the WHL Championship to Swift Current in six games
  • Notable returning players:
    • Connor Dewar (1999/C—2018-19 Captain)
      • With 68 points in 68 games (38g-30a), the forward logged a +23 rating and led his team to a Western Conference Championship. Drafted in the third round by Minnesota at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
    • Riley Sutter (1999/RW—2018-19 Alternate captain)
      • Sutter logged 53 points last season (25g-28a) and another 19 in the playoffs (9g-10a). The 2018 Washington Capitals draftee lists a 52.4% success rate logged for his last regular season (715/1363).
    • Dustin Wolf (2001/G)
      • Across 20 games played in his rookie season, Wolf logged a save percentage of 0.928. He claimed 13 wins with 1,147 minutes of play.
    • Wyatte Wylie (1999/D)
      • Logged 31 points in 72 games (6g-25a). The defenseman was drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.
    • Jake Christiansen (1999/D)
      • Posted a +12 rating in 72 games played. The reliable blue liner finished the season with 31 points (6g-25a).

EVERETT, WA - APRIL 7: (Photo by Christopher Mast/Everett Silvertips)

Portland Winterhawks

  • 2017-18 Regular season standing:
    • Second in U.S. Division
    • Second in Western Conference
    • Fourth overall
  • Record: 44-22-1-5
  • Playoff run:
    • Round 1: Beat Spokane in seven-game series
    • Round 2: Lost to Everett in five games
  • Notable returning players: (listed as eligible to return)
    • Cody Glass (1999/C — 2017-18 Captain)
      • The center led his team with 102 points (37g-65a) in 64 games, averaging nearly 1.6 points/game. The right shooter was drafted to Las Vegas in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
    • Skylar McKenzie
      • Appeared in all 72 games, putting up a total of 87 points (47g-40a). The left wing was drafted to the Winnipeg Jets in 2017 and logged a +38 rating in his past season with Portland. He is currently contracted with the Jets and is listed with their AHL team, the Manitoba Moose, for 2018-19.
    • Joachim Blichfeld (1998/D)
      • With 56 points in 56 games (24g-32a), Blichfeld was a strong force on Portland’s blue line. A full season of play leaves strong potential for this 2017 San Jose Sharks draft pick.
    • Henri Jokiharju (1999/D)
      • Jokiharju logged 71 points in 63 games (12g-59a), averaging 1.13 points/game. The 6’1, 180-pound defenseman was drafted first round to Chicago in 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

KENT, WA - MARCH 27: (Photo by Christopher Mast/Everett Silvertips)

Seattle Thunderbirds

  • 2017-18 Regular season standing:
    • Fifth in the U.S. Division
    • Eighth in Western Conference
    • 15th overall at the end of regular season
  • Record: 34-28-8-2
  • Playoff run:
    • Round 1: Lost to Everett in five games
  • Notable returning players:
    • Zack Andrusiak (1998 / LW)
      • Entering his overage year, exploded for a career-high 36 goals and was third on the Thunderbirds with 74 points.
    • Nolan Volcan (1998 / LW)
      • Key overage forward, tied for the Thunderbirds lead in scoring with 76 points (with departing Donovan Neuls)
    • Jarrett Tyszka (1999 / D)
      • Most seniority on the Thunderbirds blueline with 172 career games, is one of the few remaining links from their 2016-17 championship team; was second on the squad last year with 19 assists on the power-play. Drafted in the 5th round by Montreal in the 2017 NHL Draft.
    • Liam Hughes (1999 / G)
      • Returns for his second season in the Thunderbirds crease and slid into the starting role when Carl Stankowski was ruled out for the season due to injury (he was then traded to Calgary during the summer). Played every minute in the first round when the Tips defeated the Thunderbirds, 4-1 to win the opening series; was 16-12-5-1 with a .909 save percentage in the regular season.

EVERETT, WA - JANUARY 28: (Photo by Christopher Mast/Everett Silvertips)

Spokane Chiefs

  • 2017-18 Regular season standing:
    • Third in U.S. Division
    • Fourth in Western Conference
    • Sixth overall
  • Record: 41-25-3-3
  • Playoff run:
    • Round 1: Lost series to Portland in seven games
  • Notable returning players:
    • Jaret Anderson-Dolan (1999/C)
      • Logged 91 points in 70 games (40g-51a), averaging 1.3 points/game. The 2017 LA Kings first round draft pick posted a +9 rating last season.
    • Ty Smith (2000/D)
      • The blue liner had 73 points in 69 games (14g-59a), averaging a 1.06 points/game. At the end of the regular season, Smith had posted a rating of +44.
    • Kailer Yamamoto (1998/RW)
      • Played 40 games with Spokane last season where he posted 64 points (21g-43a). He went on to play nine games with the Edmonton Oilers, where he is listed for 2018-19.
    • Jake McGrew (1999/RW)
      • McGrew posted 38 points in 65 games (19g-19a). The skater was drafted by San Jose in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

EVERETT, WA - APRIL 28: (Photo by Christopher Mast/Everett Silvertips)

Tri-City Americans

  • 2017-18 Regular season standing:
    • Fourth in U.S. Division
    • Seventh in Western Conference
    • Second overall
  • Record: 48-17-5-2
  • Playoff run:
    • Round 1: Beat Kelowna in four games
    • Round 2: Beat Victoria in four games
    • Round 3: Lost the Western Conference Championship to Everett in six games
  • Notable returning players: (eligible to return)
    • Morgan Geekie (1998/C)
      • Averaging 1.24 points/game, Geekie logged 30 goals and 54 assists in 68 games. The 2017 Carolina Hurricanes third round draft pick scored eight power play and six game winning goals last season. Geekie was a 3rd round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes.
    • Michael Rasmussen (1999/C)
    • Nolan Yaremko (1998/LW)
      • In his fourth season for Tri-City, Yaremko tallied 56 points (22g-34a) in 70 games. He gathered 70 penalty minutes and a rating of +13 in the span of the 2017-18 regular season.

EVERETT, WA - FEBRUARY 10: (Photo by Christopher Mast/Everett Silvertips)

Vancouver Giants

  • Regular season standing:
    • Third in BC Division
    • Sixth in Western Conference
    • Ninth overall
  • Record: 36-27-6-3
  • Playoff run:
    • Round 1: Lost to Victoria in seven games
  • Notable returning players:
    • Tyler Benson
      • Benson, a 2016 Edmonton Oilers first-round draft pick, posted 69 points (27g-42a) in 58 games last season. He averaged nearly 1.2 points/game.
    • James Malm (1999/C)
      • Over the course of all 72 games, Malm recorded 66 points (19g-47a) and a rating of +6.
    • Davis Koch (1998/LW)
      • Koch, who was traded from Edmonton to Vancouver last season, tallied 58 points in 68 games between the two teams. He finished the season in Vancouver with 19 points (4g-15a) in 28 games.

While the competing teams may have had varying endings to both their regular and post seasons, there will undoubtedly be a plethora of great hockey been played the weekend of August 31.

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