The Everett Silvertips and Washington Stealth are teaming up to help local youth hockey and lacrosse programs in western Washington with the inaugural Comcast Arena Classic benefit lacrosse game at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 at Everett’s Comcast Arena.
The first installment of the local youth sports benefit game – a lacrosse matchup, will mix Silvertips and Stealth players together and then divide them into two teams that will play for local bragging rights on the Comcast Arena floor. A rematch for next season – on the ice in the form of a benefit hockey game – is already being drawn up.
With support from Global Spectrum, management for the Comcast Arena, and the Everett Public Facilities District, 100 percent of the proceeds from the game will benefit area youth hockey and lacrosse organizations to fund new equipment, playing time and scholarship programs.
“We at the Everett Silvertips are thrilled to be working in concert with the Washington Stealth to support youth sports in our community,” said Zoran Rajcic, Executive Vice President of the Everett Silvertips. “We hope that our combined efforts will provide a greater boost to the athletic opportunities of local young people than either of us could do alone. A number of our players have experience playing box lacrosse. This game should be great fun for the fans and players of both teams.”
With shorter quarters than traditional National Lacrosse League games at Comcast Arena, the Tips, Stealth exhibition matchup will consist four 10-minute quarters with a brief halftime intermission. Following the game, fans will be treated to an opportunity for photographs and autographs with their favorite Tips and Stealth players on the Comcast Arena floor.
“We are honored to join with the Comcast Arena’s anchor tenant, the Everett Silvertips, who are celebrating their 10th year in the city, in giving back to the community through the inaugural Comcast Arena Classic,” said David Takata, President of the Washington Stealth. “We have always admired the Silvertips’ community spirit and have watched hockey blossom in the region with their presence.”
Hockey and lacrosse are two of the fastest growing sports in Washington state. Over the past decade, Washington state participation in youth hockey, which ranks only behind Wisconsin and Alaska among the 31 U.S. states without NHL teams, has grown some 250 percent to 7,615 players according the USA Hockey. Among the local hockey organizations that will benefit are the Everett Youth Hockey and the Seattle Junior Hockey Association.
For lacrosse, Washington state ranks among the fastest growing in the nation with participation in the sport growing at an annual double-digit pace over the last decade. According to US Lacrosse annual participation data, there are some 10,000 lacrosse participants in the state with 4,000 students playing at the high school level.
General admission tickets are just $10 per pair and available from participating local youth hockey and lacrosse organizations, by calling the Silvertips or Stealth offices or at the door.
Everett Youth Hockey
Mukilteo Lacrosse Club
Edmonds Eagles Lacrosse Club
Edmonds Chiefs Lacrosse Club
Seattle Junior Hockey
Skyline Spartans Lacrosse Club
Everett Boys & Girls Club
Everett Lacrosse Club
Eastside Catholic School Lacrosse Club
Monroe Lacrosse Club
North Kitsap Lacrosse
South Kitsap Lacrosse
Stanwood Lacrosse Club
University of Washington Men's Lacrosse Club