Earlier today the Everett Silvertips proceeded with necessary roster reductions, with the opener for the season just 12 days away.
GM Garry Davidson announced four players were assigned to their midget level teams:
- Blake Lyda – goaltender
- Alex Moar – defenseman
- Dylan Anderson – defenseman
- Conrad Mitchell – forward
As all four players are signed to WHL standard player agreements, each are eligible to be listed as affiliated players (“AP” as the term we throw around a lot) and return to the roster at some point this season on recall. They can play at a maximum of five games, unless their midget season has ended.
All four players delivered impressive moments during training camp and pre-season, suggesting more ice time with their clubs to start the season. Mitchell and Moar are from the Tips ’01 draft class, while Lyda and Anderson are both from the ’02 class, suggesting plenty of development opportunities ahead.
Today was a day off from practice after back-to-back games in Langley. The Tips are expected to resume practice tomorrow at XFINITY Arena, tuning up for the last back-to-back set of pre-season games against the Seattle Thunderbirds (home on Friday, in Kent on Saturday).
RADIO UPDATE: We’ve had a few requests come in (great – it’s appreciated, and means you’re fired up!) about the Silvertips Hockey Show. A few loose ends with the schedule are still being tied down, but plan on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 for the season debut at Sporty’s Beef and Brew on Fox Sports 1380 / FM 95.3. Plan on the usual 6-7pm time slot, plan on the same amazing Taco Tuesday, and plan on hearing who will be on the show later this week. It’s coming. I’m getting all the elements ready to go (not to mention a few new “broadcast toys” being rolled out behind the scenes, which fires me up).
We’ll be on air again for game broadcasts starting Opening Night, Sept. 23.
Award winning broadcaster Mike Benton recently is entering his third season as radio play-by-play voice of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, and 13th in the game. Tweet at him here.