EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), five-time U.S. Division champions of the Western Hockey League, and general manager Garry Davidson announced today that the club has signed forwards Martin Fasko-Rudas and Pavel Azhgirei (Az-GEAR-ee) to WHL Standard Player Agreements. Fasko-Rudas and Azhgirei were Silvertips selections in the 2017 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.
“We’re proud to welcome Martin Fasko-Rudas and Pavel Azhgirei to the Silvertips family and excited they have chosen Everett and the WHL as the next step in their careers,” said Davidson. “Martin and Pavel are young players who have demonstrated potential with their abilities and come with strong recommendations. It was exciting to have the opportunity to select them in the draft, and we are excited to see them on the ice in training camp.”
Fasko-Rudas, 17, spent last season with Slovakia’s Under-18 national club and collected 22 points (10g-12a) in 35 games along with a +10 rating. The 5-foot-10, 157 pound forward was part of a championship club at the U18 level and also appeared in 15 overall postseason games with HK Dukla Trencin at the U-18 and U-20 levels, collecting 16 points (4g-12a).
In 2015-16, he was fifth on HK Dukla Trencin (U18) in scoring with 45 points (19g-26a) in 37 games and added five assists in six postseason games.
Azhgirei, 17, helped Belarus’ National U17 club earn a championship at last season’s Mac’s Midget AAA World Invitational Tournament at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, boasting 10 points (4g-6a) in only seven games of competition while burying a pair of goals in the title game victory.
Notable NHL players and alumni with experience in the Mac’s Tournament include Sidney Crosby, Wendel Clark, Rod Brind’Amour, Jarome Iginla, Petr Nedved, Mike Modano, Mikael Backlund, and Jordan Eberle.
The 6-foot-6, 192-pound forward added three assists in 13 games with Belarus’ U20 squad and earned an assists in seven games with the national team at the U18 World Junior Championships.
Complete CHL Import Draft history for the Silvertips can be found at www.everettsilvertips.com/euro.
Opening the Silvertips home schedule, covering 36 games this season at XFINITY Arena, is Opening Night against the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday, Sept. 23 (7:05 p.m.), when the first 3,000 fans will receive a collectible Silvertips magnet schedule, presented by Lamoureux Real Estate. All fans will also witness the raising of the Silvertips fifth U.S. Division championship banner to the rafters before the opening puck drop. Season Tickets and Mini-Plan Packages (22-game and 14-game selections) are available for as low as a $50 deposit at www.everettsilvertips.com/season.
The Silvertips open 2017-18 training camp on Thursday, Aug. 24 at XFINITY Community Ice Rink, with the first session scheduled for 11:00 a.m.
The Silvertips will open the 2017-18 preseason schedule with the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic, Sept. 1 at XFINITY Arena, 7:00 p.m. against the Tri-City Americans. Tickets are available at http://everettsilvertips.com/preseason.