It’s official. The Everett Silvertips have their new head coach. Mark Ferner takes over the team after Craig Hartsburg departed for a coaching job with the Calgary Flames earlier this year. Ferner comes to us by way of the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL where he amassed a stellar 165-51-24 record and three consecutive BCHL Championships. General Manager Doug Soetaert has a knack for hiring proven coaches that have great track records in developing young players. The franchise started with Kevin Constantine, we just had Craig Hartsburg and now Ferner could add his name to the top quality coaches this organization has seen.
As a player Mark Ferner played defense and was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 1983 with the 194th pick. His playing career also took him coast to coast with the Washington Capitals, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (now just the Anaheim Ducks) and the Detroit Red Wings. He played in a total of 94 NHL games where he totaled 13 points (3G, 10A) and 51 penalty minutes. While he was never a superstar as a player, he must definitely have an adept hockey mind or else he would not have had the coaching success he has had to date.
With any coaching change there comes a different playing philosophy which could lead to a bumpy road in the first season. But with WHL players being as young as they are, there is a better chance of them buying in to the new coach’s style with no questions asked. Expect the team to continue to develop and compete for a division title. There is no reason to expect less.
Mark Ferner. Welcome to Everett.