Silvertips coach suspended 4 games
Everett Silvertips coach Kevin Constantine has been suspended for four games and fined $5,000 after what the Western Hockey League deemed...
Special to The Seattle Times
Everett Silvertips coach Kevin Constantine has been suspended for four games and fined $5,000 after what the Western Hockey League deemed "inappropriate" actions following the team's 5-0 exhibition loss to the Tri-City Americans on Sunday.
After that game, Constantine had his team take off their helmets, skates and gloves and eat their postgame meal at the Toyota Center with the rest of their equipment still on. They rode home on the team bus from Kennewick to Everett in their gear, and even players who had been scratched and did not play in that game put on their gear for the ride home.
Constantine admitted it was not something he would do again.
"I wouldn't," he said. "It was inappropriate and there are better ways to get the message across."
Constantine said he didn't know whether he would be able to coach in practices, and that assistants John Becanic and Jay Varady would be behind the bench in his absence.
"We're an organization that is a combination that is both demanding, but equally fair and caring," Constantine said. "Reflecting back and after talking with the league, it was an inappropriate response to the way the team played."
Constantine's suspension includes today's 5:30 p.m. exhibition game against the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Kent Valley Ice Center and the first three games of the regular season.
The WHL's 2003-04 Coach of the Year will also miss the team's regular-season opener in Chilliwack, B.C., Sept. 23, a game in Kamloops on Sept. 24 and the team's home opener against Kelowna on Sept. 29.
Constantine spent seven seasons as a head coach in the NHL with San Jose, Pittsburgh and New Jersey. This is his fourth season as the coach of the Silvertips, and last season he also served as the team's general manager. He relinquished those duties when Doug Soetaert returned to the organization after spending one year as an assistant general manager with the Calgary Flames.
Sam and Sara Lucchese create handmade pasta out of their kitchen-garage adjacent to their Ballard home. Here, they illustrate the final steps in making pappardelle pasta.
(Courtesy of LeMay — America's Car Museum) New LeMay exhibit to look at NASCAR LeMay — America's Car Museum in Tacoma will look at the wil...
Post a comment