Written: October 2009 Everett Silvertips and Seattle Thunderbirds fans undergo a bittersweet experience every season. Each year, they have to say good-bye to the 20-year-old players who are “graduating” out of the WHL. Some have to say goodbye to players who move into the pro ranks earlier than age 20, leaving fans bursting with pride…… Read More

Written: November 2009   Former Everett Silvertip Riley Armstrong likes to visit Western Washington during the summer. Now, he won’t have so far to travel. Riley left the Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate) during the off-season and signed on with the Calgary Flames. He’s starting the season with the Flames’ AHL team, which… Read More

Written: December 2009   (Photo courtesy of the Pickard Family) The name “Pickard” instills excitement in many hockey fans… and apprehension in many hockey players, and it doesn’t matter which first name you pair with it. Chet Pickard (Photo courtesy: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Admirals) Chet – the WHL’s Goaltender of the year in 2007-08 and 2008-09.… Read More

Written: February 2010   One of the Seattle Mariners’ best-loved players will show off another side of his athletic prowess this weekend at ShoWare Center in Kent. Former catcher Dan Wilson will lace up the skates and hit the ice as part of the 12th Annual Hockey Challenge, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of… Read More

Written: February 2009   (Photo: Frank Dienes III/Everett Silvertips)     I’m re-posting my first interview with Shane Harper (Everett Silvertips) here because the original interview seems to have vanished from the KING 5 website. It must have happened they switched systems. Anyway, lots to learn about this soon-to-be Flyer below: If you’ve been to… Read More

(This interview was originally published in summer of 2009)  Greg Scott (Photo: Toronto Marlies) We continue our conversations with Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips players who have graduated out of the WHL, and are taking their next steps on the path to make their hockey dreams come true.  Today, we catch up with T-Bird winger… Read More

(Originally published: January 13, 2011)   This post is slightly hockey-related. It’s related in the fact that it’s about a hockey fan. If you’re looking for a strictly hockey story, I suggest you stop reading now. *** Her name was Marushka. Well, that’s the name she chose to use. I knew her real name once… Read More

(Originally published: October 24, 2011) Update: The University of Alabama decided to keep UAH’s hockey program intact.   I feel as though I’ve lost a member of my family, or at the most a very good friend. Today, after 32 years in existence, the University of Alabama pulled the plug on the Division I hockey… Read More

(Originally published: July 20, 2012)   Tributes have been pouring in for an up and coming sports writer whose life was cut short in an act of truly senseless violence. I did not know Jessica Redfield (Ghawi) but several of my friends knew and loved her. They’ve been sharing stories and videos on Twitter and… Read More

(Originally published: July 4, 2013)   I had the pleasure of chatting with Kevin Constantine, newly reinstated head coach of the Everett Silvertips and former coach of the following teams: North Iowa Huskies (USHL) Rochester Mustangs (USHL) Kalamazoo Wings (IHL) Kansas City Blades (IHL) San Jose Sharks (NHL) Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) New Jersey Devils (NHL)… Read More