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This Week in Silvertips Hockey

The Everett Silvertips will play two more pre-season games this weekend as the hockey club gets ready to begin their 3rd season in the Western Hockey League. Everett will battle the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night in Kennewick at 7:00 p.m. Then on Sunday night the Silvertips will travel to Kent to face off against the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Kent Valley Ice Arena at 6:00 p.m.

Silvertips Pre-Season Scoring Leaders
The Silvertips are currently 1-2 in the 2005 Pre-Season. John Lammers (2 goals, 2 assists) and Brady Calla (1 goal, 3 assists) are tied for 1st in pre-season scoring with 4 points. In goal, Leland Irving has made 13 saves on 14 shots during the pre-season and first year netminder Matt Esposito has made 14 saves on 14 shots throughout the 2005 exhibition season. On the power play during the pre-season, the Silvertips are 4 for 30 (7.5%) on the extra man advantage. Everett on the penalty kill is 12 for 13 (92.3%).

Silvertips Make a Few Roster Moves
The Silvertips made several roster moves this week. Everett bolstered their defense corps by acquiring Jason Fransoo from the Swift Current Broncos for a 2006 4th Round Bantam Pick. Fransoo finished 2nd on the Broncos hockey club in defensemen scoring with 3 goals and 12 assists last season. The North Battleford, Saskatchewan native has played a total of 116 games with Swift Current the last two seasons and has collected 21 points in his first two seasons in the WHL.

Ondrej Fiala, the Everett Silvertips 1st Round Selection (30th Overall) in the 2005 CHL Import Draft was added to the Silvertips roster earlier this week. The Stenberk, Czech Republic native posted 6 goals and 6 assists in 29 games for HC Trinec and 3 goals and 5 assists in 11 games for HC Kladno last season. Fiala also played in 40 games in the Czech Extraliga Under-20 Hockey League. Fiala also played for the Czech National Under-18 Team at the 2005 World Junior Under-18 Hockey Championships and recorded 2 goals and added an assist in 7 games at the tournament.

The Everett Silvertips have dealt goaltender Michael Wall to the Regina Pats for a 2006 5th Round Bantam Pick and a conditional 2007 3rd Round Bantam Selection. Wall played in 91 games for the Silvertips in the last two seasons. Last season, the Telkwa, British Columbia native finished 5th in the WHL in Goals Against Average (1.92), 3rd in Save Percentage (.931), tied for 8th in Wins (24) and 2nd in the WHL in Shutouts (10). In the 2005 WHL Playoffs, Wall finished with a 2.15 Goals Against Average and a .936 Save Percentage. Wall currently holds the Silvertips franchise record for most shutouts in a season with 10 shutouts. Wall was also honored by the Canadian Hockey League as the winner of the Western Hockey League’s Canada Post Cup Award. Wall is currently at the Anaheim Mighty Ducks training camp. If Wall is returned to the Regina Pats the Silvertips would receive the conditional 3rd Round Selection in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.

Current and Former Silvertips Invited to NHL Camps
The Silvertips had four current and five former players attend NHL Training Camps in September.

Current Silvertips that Attended NHL Camps
John Lammers (Dallas Stars)
Karel Hromas (Chicago Blackhawks)
Shaun Heshka (Calgary Flames)
Randy King (New Jersey Devils)

Former Silvertips that Attended NHL Camps
Michael Wall (Mighty Ducks of Anaheim)
Mitch Love (Colorado Avalanche)
Jeff Harvey (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Riley Armstrong (San Jose Sharks)
Ivan Baranka (New York Rangers)

Former Everett Silvertips Forward in NHL 2006 Video Game
When the NHL 2006 video game hit stores in September who would have known that former Silvertips forward Chad Bassen would be in the game. Well, he is with the Frankfurt Lions in the German DEL Bundesliga Hockey League. Besides of the NHL teams, NHL 2006 also has the European hockey leagues in the game.

Individual Tickets on Sale
Individual tickets for all Everett Silvertips regular season home games are on sale. Tickets will be available at the Everett Events Center Box Office or by calling 1-866-EEC-TIXX. Tickets are also available online at www.everettsilvertips.com for all 36 home games at the Everett Events Center.

If you are planning to buy more than 20 tickets for an individual game, contact the Silvertips office at (425) 252-5100 for a group discount. The 2005 home opener weekend for the Silvertips at the Everett Events Center will take place on Saturday, October 1st against the Prince George Cougars at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday, October 2nd against the defending WHL Champions, Kelowna Rockets at 5:05 p.m.

The Silvertips home schedule will also feature many promotional nights throughout the season. The Silvertips will hold three Northwest Plus Credit Union Dash for Cash events on October 22nd, December 17th and February 25th. Five Everett Silvertips bobblehead nights will also be a main feature this season. Abbey Carpet Bobblehead nights will take place on November 22nd, December 6th, January 16th, January 29th and February 17th. The Silvertips will also have a New Year’s Eve game against the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday, December 31st at 5:05 p.m.

The Everett Silvertips are still taking orders for season, groups, 22 and 14 games ticket packages and flex packages. For more information on ticket packages, contact the Silvertips office at (425) 252-5100.

Upcoming Pre-Season Schedule
Saturday, September 17th: Everett Silvertips @ Tri-City Americans 7:00 p.m. (Three Rivers Coliseum)
Sunday, September 18th: Everett Silvertips @ Seattle Thunderbirds 6:00 p.m. (Kent Valley Ice Arena)

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