Everett Silvertips Release Long-Time G.M. Soetaert

February 2, 2012

Everett, Everett Sports

Soetaert is out effective immediately

Doug Soetaert was the first general manager for the Everett Silvertips when the team came to Everett 9 years ago. He left for one year and came back. He won’t be back for the 10th season as the club today announced they were releasing him from his contract immediately. The announcement came from team President Gary Gelanis.

“We owe it to our fans and our community to do everything we can to ensure that the Silvertips are a championship-caliber program among the best in the Western Hockey League,” said Gelinas. “To that end, we felt the time was right to pursue a new path and make a change at the General Manager position. Doug’s contract was not going to be renewed past this season, and it’s important for us to start searching for his replacement as soon as possible.”

The search has begun effective today for the next General Manager of the Silvertips. No specific timeline for filling the position will be set, with Assistant General Manager Zoran Rajcic and Head Coach Mark Ferner combining to handle management duties within the organization in the interim.

“We’re looking for the right person to operate within the right model for our franchise,” Gelinas continued. “Someone who understands junior hockey, how to build our hockey operations and business model while fitting into our team environment. We want to have that person in place sooner rather than later, but the most important thing is for us to find the right person.”

“We’d like to thank Doug for his contributions and years of hard work with the Silvertips. He was a contributing member in helping to launch the team and establish its early success. We wish him the best of luck in the future.”

The Everett Silvertips are on the brink of missing the playoffs for the first time in team history. Their lease with the Everett Public Facilities District is up for renewal next year and they are on their 4th coach in 9 years.


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