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Originally published January 8, 2013 at 9:56 PM | Page modified January 9, 2013 at 12:08 AM

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Everett Silvertips fire head coach

Everett general manager to take over coaching duties

The whole city of Everett is in an uproar over the firing of the coach. Rioting and... MORE

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EVERETT — The Everett Silvertips, in last place of the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League but still currently the No. 8 seed for the Western Conference playoffs, fired their head coach and assistant coach Tuesday.

Mark Ferner, the head coach, and Chris Hartsburg, one of his assistants, were let go effective immediately. Team general manager Garry Davidson will take over the head-coaching duties on an interim basis, and Mitch Love will continue in his role as an assistant coach.

"It's important for us to ensure that everyone in our organization operates under the same philosophy and shares the same vision of building a program that is among the WHL's elite." Davidson said.

Davidson will serve as coach through the remainder of the season, and Love will act as the lone assistant.

"In the short term, our goals have not changed," Davidson said. "We will continue developing our young team and still plan to contend for a playoff spot. When the offseason arrives, we'll conduct an extensive search."

The Silvertips open a five-game homestand Friday against Victoria at 7:35 p.m.

"Mark Ferner and Chris Hartsburg deserve a great deal of respect and appreciation for all the hard work they have put in during their time with the Silvertips," Davidson said.

OTHER WHL

Liam Steward scored the go-ahead goal for the Chiefs (26-13-1-0) six minutes into the third quarter and Spokane made it stand up in a 4-3 road victory against the Thunderbirds (16-22-2-1). Mitch Elliot, Branden Troock and Shea Theodore scored for the Thunderbirds, losers of 11 in a row.

HONORS

• Five special awards for the 78th annual MTR Western Sports Star of the Year banquet were announced Tuesday by the Seattle Sports Commission. The banquet will be held Jan. 25 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Former Mariner Edgar Martinez will receive the Royal Brougham Legend Award for his lifetime achievement in sports that exemplifies the spirit of Washington. Former Sonics coach Lenny Wilkens will be given the Paul Allen Award for significant contributions to the local community. Josh Dickerson will be honored posthumously with the Seattle Children's Inspirational Youth Award. Dickerson died of cancer at the age of 18 after earning All-Metro baseball honors for O'Dea High. Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer will receive the Sports Executive of the Year award, and Bob Rondeau will be given the Keith Jackson Award for communicating sports stories. More information on the banquet is available by visiting www.sportsstaroftheyear.org.

From association reports.

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