EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips and Everett Youth Hockey are pleased to announce a cooperative working agreement with the Seattle Junior Hockey Association for the purpose of creating Elite Tier I teams both at the Midget and Bantam levels for the 2014-15 season. The two organizations will lend their resources and expertise to create local programs that afford players greater opportunities to develop at a high level right here at home in the Pacific Northwest while showcasing their skills to the greater hockey world.
By partnering to create elite 16U and 14U programs, EYH and SJHA can work together to ensure that local youth players develop to their utmost potential while also gaining needed exposure to open a wider range of opportunities for their hockey careers. The combination of high-level players and experienced coaches, scouts and organizers from both organizations will also allow the Greater Seattle area to once again field Midget and Bantam teams that are capable of competing and excelling against the best competition North America has to offer.
“This partnership is exciting not only because it opens the door to top-notch coaching, training, and facilities, but more importantly provides a clearly defined path allowing the top players in the region to stay at home and play the game they love at a level that is representative of their talent,” explained EYH General Manager Jerry Weir. “Eliminating the need to relocate to other states is preferable for local players and their families, plus our program will provide everything necessary for kids from outside this region to play here and feel at home.”
Operating as the Everett Junior Silvertips, the Tier I 16U team will be based at Comcast Arena in downtown Everett. The Northwest Admirals 14U team will base out of both Lynnwood Ice Center and OlympicView Arena in Mountlake Terrace.
“We are embracing the evolution of youth hockey and are deeply committed to growing the game in the Pacific Northwest at every level through USA Hockey’s American Development Model,” said SJHA President Michael Murphy. “Through this partnership, we believe we are taking the next step towards seeing more of our homegrown talent competing at higher levels of Junior, College and Professional Hockey.”
Additional information, including leagues and coaching staffs for both teams, will be announced in the near future. For more information, visit www.everettsilvertips.com, www.eteamz.com/jrsilvertips or www.sjha.com.
EYH Contact: Jerry Weir, General Manager
SJHA Contact: Kris Wilson, Athletic Director