Monday, November 30, 2009

Shane "Iron Man" Harper sets new "games played" record for 'Tips

                                                  Photo: Frank Deines III/Everett Silvertips

You know I'm all about the good news. Here's some good news regarding Everett Silvertips winger Shane Harper, who now has a new nickname with the team: IRON MAN.

I'd take time to write out everything that Shane's done leading up to lacing them up for his 288th straight game on Saturday night against Tri City, but Silvertips PR guy Jon Rosen has already written a stellar news release.

So... I'm copying and pasting it here.

Everett Silvertips Press Release/"Iron Man" Harper Rewrites Silvertips Record Books
Everett, WA – November 30, 2009   
Having become a model of consistency with the Everett Silvertips, Shane Harper played in his 288th career Western Hockey League game in Saturday’s 6-1 win at Tri-City to set a new club record for games played.  The previous record of 287 games played was set last season by Canucks prospect Taylor Ellington, now a member of the Manitoba Moose.
Harper, a 1989-born winger from Valencia, California, punctuated the night by netting two goals, completing a week in which he had five goals and three multi point efforts featured in wins over Spokane and Tri-City.  With 35 points on 19 goals and 16 assists this season, Harper has also compiled a +21 rating as the Silvertips have surged to a 16-8-1-0 record in the competitive U.S. Division.
Throughout his five-year Silvertip career, which began as a 16-year old in the 2005-06 season, Harper has accumulated 169 points on 77 goals and 92 assists.  Though he won’t reach Zach Hamill’s club record of 262 career points, Harper’s 77 goals present him a clear opportunity to surpass Hamill’s club record of 87 career goals, while Harper is currently on track to surpass John Lammers’ single season record for goals, set in the 2005-06 season with 38.
These accolades can be attributed to a remarkable run of consistency, beginning with the 2007-08 season and continuing through the games this past weekend.  Throughout that time, Harper has played in 168 out of a possible 169 games, a run he credits to his workout regimen both in the regular season and the off-season. 
“A lot of it has to do with experience, but I think weightlifting helps with my endurance,” Harper explained.  “When I came into the league, I was 155 pounds.   My first two years in the league, I worked out with weights every day after practice, and now I just try to maintain it.  It helps me withstand the physical play, which keeps me healthy.”
That endurance will be on display as the Silvertips’ 25 games played this season is a league-low.  Harper, along with the rest of his hard-working teammates, return to the ice Wednesday evening when they host the Kelowna Rockets at 7:05 pm.

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