EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), two-time Western Conference and seven-time U.S. Division champions of the Western Hockey League, have named Mike Lysyj new assistant coach of the program, Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson announced today. Lysyj joins the staff of head coach Dennis Williams and fellow assistant coach Louis Mass, who helped guide the Tips to their third straight U.S. Division title last season.
Lysyj, 30 (11/30/1988), spent last season on the bench as assistant coach for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NCAA), serving with skill development on and off the ice under head coach Dave Smith, and assistant coaches Dan Jewell and Chuck Weber. The native of Hillsborough, N.J. helped guide the program to a victory over No. 9-ranked Cornell. The Engineers last season elevated goaltender Owen Savory to a spot on the ECAC All-Rookie Team as a Finalist for Rookie of the Year, while Hobey Baker nominee Jacob Hayhurst (23 points), Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Will Reilly (18 points), and Ottawa Senators prospect Todd Burgess (16 points) each secured offensive career highs.
“Mike is an individual with outstanding qualities and for that we’re excited to welcome him to the Silvertips family,” said Davidson. “We’re adding a young, dynamic, and promising figure who carries excellent abilities to develop our players and support in reaching our goals as a program. During our coaching search he came highly recommended, and we’re confident his personality will be a tremendous fit.”
“It’s a tremendous honor to be joining The Everett Silvertips organization,” said Lysyj. “To be a part of one of the finest development leagues in hockey is really exciting. Developing hockey players and helping them reach lifelong dreams is why I began coaching, and the WHL is the best platform for that. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with such an accomplished staff and I look forward to contributing to the organization on the ice and in the community.”
“We’re thrilled to welcome Mike to our coaching staff and pursue avenues that will elevate our group with his skill set,” said Williams. “He brings character that fits our core values and a valuable handle on skill development that operates as a key supplement to the growth of our players. His experience as a player and coach deliver instant credibility, making him an exciting addition to our staff.”
Previously, Lysyj spent four years as assistant coach at SUNY Fredonia (NCAA), where he responsible for recruiting and scouting across the United States and Canada, and assisted with film breakdown, on-ice skill development, and hockey operations administration. In 2017-18, he helped guide the Blue Devils to a 9-3-3 mark on home ice and an appearance in the SUNYAC title game for the first time in seven years, upsetting national powers Plattsburgh State and Oswego in the conference tournament.
Carrying additional experience as an instructor with USA Hockey’s New England District, a USA Hockey Festival Evaluator (Atlantic & Southeast District), and with Pro Ambitions Inc. in Dedham, Mass., the former forward made his pro debut with an assist in six games with the Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) in 2012-13 and recorded 29 games split between Peoria and Mississippi (SPHL) in 2013-14. Lysyj spent all four seasons of his collegiate career with SUNY Cortland, registering 77 points (39g-38a) in 96 games and led the Red Dragons with 33 points (18g-15a) in 25 games as a 2012-13 senior.
At SUNY Cortland, Lysyj graduated with his B.A. degree in Kinesiology (coaching concentration) in 2013 and earned his M.S. degree in Sports Management & Exercise Science in 2017. He will reside in North Everett during the season.
2019-20 SCHEDULE, TICKET INFORMATION
The Tips full regular season schedule offers 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). Seven game packs are now on sale.
The Silvertips will launch the 2019-20 season and raise their seventh U.S. Division banner to the rafters on Opening Night, Sept. 20 at Angel of the Winds Arena against the Tri-City Americans at 7:35 p.m.
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. Preseason Packs, offering all nine games of the tournament, are on sale for $75. “Everett Only” packs (offering all three Silvertips pre-season games in the tournament) are available for only $35 per seat. Tips pre-season single game home tickets are expected to go on sale beginning Aug. 1.
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