The Everett Silvertips are a major junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League that plays in Everett, Washington. They joined the league as an expansion team for the 2003–04 WHL season. The team name comes from the silvertip bear. The team plays at the Comcast Arena at Everett, a $71.5 million multipurpose complex built in 2003 that seats 8,300 for hockey. Notable NHL alumni include Ryan Murray, Peter Mueller and Zach Hamill. Throughout their history, the team has had heated rivalries with the Vancouver Giants and the Seattle Thunderbirds.