Kevin Constantine – Head Coach
Kevin Constantine, 57, is in his eighth season as Head Coach of the Everett Silvertips and fourth since returning for his second stint with the team in June 2013. The winningest coach in franchise history, Constantine continues the business of winning hockey games and developing young athletes in downtown Everett with an all-time Silvertips coaching record of 282-166-56 (W-L-OT) and a .615 winning percentage. Carrying three decades of coaching experience, Constantine has applied his winning formula in the National Hockey League, professional minor league ranks and junior level.
As Everett’s first Head Coach during the team’s first four seasons from 2003-07, Constantine helped the club burst onto the WHL scene with three US Division titles (2004, 2006, 2007), the 2004 Western Conference Championship and the 2007 WHL regular season title. The inaugural 2003-04 team smashed nearly every WHL expansion record and was the first expansion team to win its division, a playoff round and advance to the league final, leading Constantine to the 2004 Dunc McCallum Trophy as WHL Coach of the Year. His 2006-07 Silvertips still hold single-season franchise records for wins (54), points (111), goals against (142 – 4th fewest in WHL history), and shutouts (14 – tied for the league record).
As the leader of seven seasons behind the bench for all six Silvertip journeys into the “elite eight” of the WHL Playoffs and further, Constantine quickly revived that winning tradition upon his return to Everett in 2013-14, leading the club to a 31-point improvement and a fourth place tie in the Western Conference, and earning his 200th Silvertips victory on March 14, 2014 at Victoria. The Tips led the U.S. Division nearly wire-to-wire the following season, en-route to their first division title (fourth overall) and playoff series win since the end of Constantine’s first stint in 2007. He earned his 700th career coaching victory with a 4-1 win at Tri-City on Feb. 6, 2015. Last season, the Silvertips led or were tied for first in the U.S. Division for 80 consecutive days while managing a lineup that had no scorer crack the 60-point plateau, yet allowed just 2.3 goals per game (second fewest in the CHL) and swept the Portland Winterhawks in the opening round of the WHL Playoffs.
Over parts of seven NHL seasons prior to his time in Everett, Constantine posted a .515 winning percentage with the San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils between 1993-02. He was the runner-up for the Jack Adams Award (NHL Coach of the Year) in 1994 after engineering the biggest single-season turnaround in league history (a 58-point improvement) as a first year coach with San Jose. Constantine is also one of only two coaches in NHL history to lead an eighth seed to a first-round playoff victory over a first seed on two separate occasions. His 1994 Sharks upset the heavily-favored Detroit Red Wings in seven games, and in 1999 his Penguins did the same against New Jersey.
Between his two stints in Everett, Constantine coached in the American Hockey League and overseas in Switzerland. He spent three seasons with the Houston Aeros (AHL) from 2007-2010, helping the Minnesota Wild affiliate to the biggest improvement in team history in his first year. The Aeros then came within two wins of the Calder Cup Finals during a strong playoff run in 2009. From 2010-13, Constantine worked in the Swiss National League A with HC Ambri-Piotta.
A native of International Falls, Minn. and recently inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame of International Falls High, he played collegiately as a goaltender at RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) in Troy, New York and broke into coaching at the junior level in the United States Hockey League in the mid-1980’s before moving on to the minor-pro International Hockey League. His Kansas City Blades won the IHL’s Turner Cup Championship in his first year behind the bench in 1991-92, with Constantine winning the Commissioner’s Trophy as the league’s best coach.
Kevin and his family reside in Stanwood during the season and spend their summers in the San Juan Islands.
|1985-86||North Iowa Huskies||USHL||17||27||0||4||—||38|
|1991-92||Kansas City Blades||IHL||56||22||0||4||—||116|
|Kansas City Blades – Playoffs||IHL||12||3||—||—||—||24|
|1992-93||Kansas City Blades||IHL||46||26||0||10||—||102|
|Kansas City Blades – Playoffs||IHL||6||6||—||—||—||12|
|1993-94||San Jose Sharks||NHL||33||35||16||0||—||82|
|1994||San Jose Sharks – Playoffs||NHL||7||7||—||—||—||14|
|1994-95||San Jose Sharks||NHL||19||25||4||0||—||42|
|1995||San Jose Sharks – Playoffs||NHL||4||7||—||—||—||8|
|1995-96||San Jose Sharks||NHL||3||18||4||0||—||10|
|1998||Pittsburgh Penguins – Playoffs||NHL||2||4||—||—||—||4|
|1999||Pittsburgh Penguins – Playoffs||NHL||6||7||—||—||—||12|
|2001-02||New Jersey Devils||NHL||20||8||2||1||—||43|
|2002||New Jersey Devils – Playoffs||NHL||2||4||—||—||—||4|
|2004||Everett Silvertips – Playoffs||WHL||12||9||—||—||—||24|
|2005||Everett Silvertips – Playoffs||WHL||4||7||—||—||—||8|
|2006||Everett Silvertips – Playoffs||WHL||8||7||—||—||—||16|
|2007||Everett Silvertips – Playoffs||WHL||6||6||—||—||—||12|
|2008||Houston Aeros – Playoffs||AHL||1||4||—||—||—||4|
|2009||Houston Aeros – Playoffs||AHL||10||10||—||—||—||20|
|2014||Everett Silvertips – Playoffs||WHL||1||4||—||—||—||2|
|2015||Everett Silvertips – Playoffs||WHL||5||6||—||—||10|
|2016||Everett Silvertips – Playoffs||WHL||5||4||—||—||—||10|