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Kevin Constantine

HEAD COACH

Kevin Constantine, 54, returned to the Everett Silvertips for his second stint as the team’s Head Coach on June 13, 2013.  Originally serving as Head Coach during the franchise’s first four seasons in the WHL from 2003 to 2007, the winningest coach in team history has stepped back behind the ‘Tips bench to resume a decorated coaching career spanning nearly 30 years.  In over 1,200 games as a Head Coach at various levels – including the National Hockey League – Constantine has compiled a career-long winning percentage of .559 while being awarded numerous coaching honors.

Constantine’s first stint with the Silvertips resulted in four of the most successful seasons the franchise has enjoyed to date.  The team captured three US Division titles (2004, 2006, 2007), a Western Conference Championship (2004) and a Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as WHL Regular Season Champions (2007) under his tutelage, compiling a 162-97-17-12 (W-L-T-OTL/SOL) regular season record and .613 winning percentage.  His last year with the club in 2006-07 produced franchise single-season records for wins (54), points (111), goals for (239), goals against (142 – 4th fewest in WHL history), and shutouts (14 – tied for the league record).  The Silvertips also won seven of 11 playoff series on Constantine’s watch, winning at least one round in every year of his tenure.
 
Named the first Head Coach of the Everett Silvertips on June 2, 2003, Constantine immediately helped put Silvertips hockey on the map in Everett and throughout the Major Junior world.  His inaugural ‘Tips smashed nearly every record for a WHL expansion club, including wins (35), points (80) and winning percentage (.556).  The 2003-04 Silvertips were the first expansion team in WHL history to win their division, win a playoff round and advance to the league final, resulting in Constantine winning the 2004 Dunc McCallum Trophy as WHL Coach of the Year.

Prior to his time in Everett, Constantine spent parts of seven seasons coaching in the NHL.  He posted a .515 winning percentage at hockey’s highest level with the San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils between 1993 and 2002.  After engineering the biggest single-season turnaround in league history (a 58-point improvement from the prior year) as a rookie NHL bench boss with the Sharks in 1993-94, he was runner-up for the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year.  Constantine is also one of only two NHL coaches to lead a #8 seed to a first-round playoff victory over a #1 seed on two separate occasions:  the 1994 Sharks upset the heavily-favored Detroit Red Wings in seven games, and in 1999 his Penguins did the same against New Jersey.

Constantine spent three seasons with the American Hockey League’s Houston Aeros after leaving Everett, helping the top affiliate of the Minnesota Wild to the biggest improvement in team history in his first year.  The Aeros then advanced to the AHL Western Conference Finals in 2009.  For the past three seasons, Constantine ventured overseas to coach in the top pro league in Switzerland with HC Ambri-Piotta of the National League A.

A native of International Falls, Minnesota, Kevin Constantine played collegiately as a goaltender at RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) in Troy, New York.  He 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 a Turner Cup Championship in his first year behind the bench in 1991-92, with Constantine winning the Commissioner’s Trophy as the IHL’s best coach.

Kevin and his family currently reside in the San Juan Islands.


 HEAD COACHING STATS:

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE W L
T
OTL SOL PTS
1985-86 North Iowa Huskies USHL 17 27 0 4 --- 38
1987-88 Rochester Mustangs USHL 39 6 2 1 --- 81
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
1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 40 24 18 0   98
1998 Pittsburgh Penguins - Playoffs NHL 2 4 ---   --- 4
1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 38 30 14 0   90
1999 Pittsburgh Penguins - Playoffs NHL 6 7 ---   --- 12
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 8 10 3 4   23
2001-02 New Jersey Devils NHL 20 8 2 1   43
2002 New Jersey Devils - Playoffs NHL 2 4 ---   --- 4
2003-04 Everett Silvertips WHL 35 27 8 2 --- 80
2004 Everett Silvertips - Playoffs WHL 12 9 ---   --- 24
2004-05 Everett Silvertips WHL 33 28 9 2 --- 77
2005 Everett Silvertips - Playoffs WHL 4 7 ---   --- 8
2005-06 Everett Silvertips WHL 40 27 --- 2 3 85
2006 Everett Silvertips - Playoffs WHL 8 7 ---   --- 16
2006-07 Everett Silvertips WHL 54 15 --- 1 2 111
2007 Everett Silvertips - Playoffs WHL 6 6     --- 12
2007-08 Houston Aeros AHL 45 29 --- 2 4 96
2008 Houston Aeros - Playoffs AHL 1 4 --- 0 0 4
2008-09 Houston Aeros AHL 38 31 --- 2 9 87
2009 Houston Aeros - Playoffs AHL 10 10 --- 0 0 20
2009-10 Houston Aeros AHL 34 34 --- 7 5
80
2010-11 HC Ambri-Piotta NLA 12 19
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1
28
2011-12 HC Ambri-Piotta NLA  16 27 --- 2 5 39
2012-13 HC Ambri-Piotta NLA  2 11
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1
5
                 
  Career Totals   628 479 80 47 30 1,413
  Silvertips Totals   162 97 17 7 5 353
  NHL Totals   161 150 61 5 - 388

 

 
 

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