Kevin Constantine, 56, is in his seventh season as Head Coach of the Everett Silvertips and third since returning for his second stint with the team in June 2013. Already the winningest coach in franchise history after leading the ‘Tips to remarkable success during their early years, Constantine is now back to the business of winning hockey games and developing young athletes in downtown Everett. A near 30-year coaching career has seen Constantine apply his winning formula in the National Hockey League and through the minor-pro ranks in addition to the junior level.
As Everett’s first Head Coach during the team’s first four seasons from 2003 to 2007, 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, win a playoff round and advance to the league final, resulting in Constantine being awarded 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).
Constantine quickly revived that winning tradition upon his return to Everett in 2013-14, leading the club to a 31-point improvement from the prior year to tie for fourth place in the Western Conference. He earned his 200th Silvertips victory on March 14, 2014 in a 5-3 win at Victoria. Carrying the momentum into 2014-15, the ‘Tips led the U.S. Division nearly wire-to-wire on the way to their fourth division title and first since the end of Constantine’s first stint in 2007. Everett then advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in eight years with a first-round series win over Spokane. Constantine, who earned his 700th career coaching victory with a 4-1 win at Tri-City on Feb. 6, 2015, owns a .620 career winning percentage with the Silvertips.
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 and 2002. He was the runner-up for the 1994 Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year after engineering the biggest single-season turnaround in league history (a 58-point improvement) as a rookie NHL coach with the Sharks. Constantine is also one of only two coaches in NHL history to lead a #8 seed to a first-round playoff victory over a #1 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 AHL’s Houston Aeros 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 2010-2013, Constantine worked in the Swiss National League A with HC Ambri-Piotta.
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 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.
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