Mike Sillinger

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Mike Sillinger
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Born (1971-06-29) June 29, 1971 (age 43)
Regina, SK, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 11th overall, 1989
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1990–2009

Michael John Sillinger (born June 29, 1971) is the current Director of Player Development for the Edmonton Oilers, and a retired Canadian ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 17 seasons. Sillinger was known as a "journeyman", having played for 12 different teams, as well as been traded nine times during his NHL career, both of which stand as league records (he is tied with Brent Ashton for the latter record).

Originally drafted 11th overall in 1990 out of the Western Hockey League (WHL) by the Detroit Red Wings, Sillinger began his NHL career in Detroit before continuing on to play for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators and New York Islanders. Of these 12 teams, Sillinger has played full seasons with only Detroit, Vancouver, Columbus and New York. The rest of the teams, he was traded to or from during a season. During his tenure with Detroit, he captured a Calder Cup championship in 1992 with the Adirondack Red Wings, while leading the playoffs in scoring as an American Hockey League (AHL) rookie.

Internationally, Sillinger represented Team Canada on two occasions, winning a gold medal at the 1991 World Junior Championships and captaining his country at the 2000 World Championships.[1]

After retirement, Sillinger was appointed Director of Player Development for the Edmonton Oilers.

Playing career[edit]

Sillinger began playing major junior in the WHL with the Regina Pats in 1987-88. After a 43-point rookie campaign, he emerged as a top prospect in the juniors in his second WHL season. With 53 goals and 131 points in 1988-89, Sillinger led the Pats in scoring for the first of three consecutive seasons. The Detroit Red Wings then made Sillinger their first-round pick, selecting him 11th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. Upon being drafted, Sillinger returned to the Pats for two more seasons, where he posted 129- and 116-point campaigns to receive WHL Second and First All-Star Team honours in 1990 and 1991, respectively.[1]

Following his 1990–91 season with the Pats, Sillinger was called up to the Red Wings roster, making his NHL debut in the final three games of the regular season, tallying an assist. He also appeared in three playoff games with Detroit that season, also accumulating one assist. The following season, in 1991–92, Sillinger spent his professional rookie season in the American Hockey League (AHL) with Detroit's minor league affiliate, the Adirondack Red Wings, where he scored at an above-point-per-game pace with 66 points in 64 games.[1] Despite being called up for eight games for Detroit's playoff run, Sillinger still went on to lead the AHL playoffs in scoring with 28 points in 15 games, winning the Calder Cup championship with Adirondack.

Sillinger continued to spend time in the AHL with Adirondack at the start of the 1992–93 season, but returned to and remained in the NHL later that season after scoring at a two-point-per-game pace in 15 games. After being called up to Detroit, he had his most prolific season with the club, scoring 29 points in 62 games. Due to the 1994–95 NHL lockout, Sillinger went abroad to play in the Austrian Hockey League for EC Wien, where he tallied 27 points in just 13 games. When NHL play resumed, he appeared in 13 games for the Red Wings before being traded to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on April 4, 1995 with Jason York for Stu Grimson, Mark Ferner and Anaheim's 6th round choice in 1996 NHL Entry Draft (used to select Magnus Nilsson).[1]

Sillinger remained in Anaheim the next season, but was immediately traded the following campaign in 1995-96 to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Roman Oksiuta on March 15, 1996.[1] He played one full season with the Canucks in 1996-97, managing 37 points, before being dealt away to the Philadelphia Flyers midway through the 1997-98 season for a fifth-round selection in 1998 on February 5, 1998.[1]

Sillinger's stint with the Flyers began promising, scoring 22 points in the 27 games to close the season following his trade, but after managing just three assists in the first 25 games in 1998–99, he was dealt away to the Tampa Bay Lightning midway through the campaign along with Chris Gratton, in exchange for Mikael Renberg and Daymond Langkow on December 12, 1998.[1] Sillinger, however, continued to struggle and tallied just 10 points with his new team for the remainder of the campaign for a combined 13 points between the Flyers and Lightning, a career-low.

He returned to form as he started the 1999–2000 season in Tampa Bay, scoring 44 points in 67 games with the Lightning. However, at the trade deadline, he was sent to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Ryan Johnson and Dwayne Hay on March 14, 2000.[1] Sillinger returned to the Panthers to begin the following season, but was once again dealt at the trade deadline, this time to the Ottawa Senators, marking his sixth trade in seven years.

In the 2001 off-season, Sillinger joined his eighth NHL team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, but for the first time was not relocating via trade, instead, joining the Blue Jackets through free agency. In two seasons with the Blue Jackets, Sillinger recorded back-to-back 43-point campaigns. Following his second season in Columbus, Sillinger was traded twice on the same day on July 22, 2003. He was first sent to the Dallas Stars with a second round draft choice in 2004 (Johan Fransson) for Darryl Sydor before being dealt again from Dallas to the Phoenix Coyotes for defenceman Teppo Numminen.[1] In his first season with Phoenix, however, he was dealt again at the trade deadline to the St. Louis Blues for goaltender Brent Johnson.

After finishing the 2003–04 season with the Blues, Sillinger remained inactive in 2004–05 due to the NHL lockout. When NHL play resumed in 2005–06, Sillinger broke the NHL record for teams played with, previously held by Michel Petit and J. J. Daigneault, by joining the Nashville Predators, again, at the trade deadline. He was traded from St. Louis in exchange for Timofei Shishkanov on January 30, 2006.[1] In his fourteenth NHL season, Sillinger set a career-high 63 points playing between St. Louis and Nashville after having recorded just 24 points the previous season between Phoenix and St. Louis.

Becoming an unrestricted free agent in the 2006 off-season, Sillinger joined his twelfth and final NHL team, the New York Islanders, signing on July 2, 2006.[1] He continued where he left off from his career season in 2005–06 with 59 points in his first season with the Islanders. Helping New York to the post-season, he set another NHL record by competing in the playoffs for his eighth NHL team. In 2007–08, Sillinger played in his 1,000th NHL game on November 1, 2007, versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. His family joined him on ice for a pre-game ceremony honouring the achievement. Sillinger went on to tally an assist in the milestone game as the Islanders won 4–0. His second season with the Islanders was, however, cut short due to a hip injury that required microfracture surgery in February 2008.[2] He finished the campaign with 26 points in 52 games.

Playing in his 17th NHL season in 2008–09, Sillinger was met with further hip complications and underwent hip resurfacing surgery in February 2009, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season.[2] Due to the lingering hip complications, Sillinger announced his retirement from hockey on August 26, 2009.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Sillinger was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. He has three sons – Owen, Lukas and Cole – with his wife Karla, also of Regina. During Sillinger's NHL career, they spent the off-seasons in their hometown; they have chosen to remain in Regina following Sillinger's retirement.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 Regina Pats WHL 67 18 25 43 17 4 2 2 4 0
1988–89 Regina Pats WHL 72 53 78 131 52
1989–90 Regina Pats WHL 70 57 72 129 41 11 12 10 22 2
1989–90 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1990–91 Regina Pats WHL 57 50 66 116 42 8 6 9 15 4
1990–91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 1 0
1991–92 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 64 25 41 66 26 15 9 19 28 12
1991–92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 2 2 4 2
1992–93 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 15 10 20 30 31 11 5 13 18 10
1992–93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 51 4 17 21 16
1993–94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 62 8 21 29 10
1994–95 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 2 6 8 2
1994–95 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 15 2 5 7 6
1995–96 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 62 13 21 34 32
1995–96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 1 3 4 6 6 0 0 0 2
1996–97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 17 20 37 25
1997–98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 48 10 9 19 34
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 11 11 22 16 3 1 0 1 0
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 25 0 3 3 8
1998–99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 54 8 2 10 28
1999–00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 67 19 25 44 86
1999–00 Florida Panthers NHL 13 4 4 8 16 4 2 1 3 2
2000–01 Florida Panthers NHL 55 13 21 34 44
2000–01 Ottawa Senators NHL 13 3 4 7 4 4 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 20 23 43 54
2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 75 18 25 43 52
2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 60 8 6 14 54
2003–04 St. Louis Blues NHL 16 5 5 10 14 5 3 1 4 6
2005–06 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 22 19 41 49
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 31 10 12 22 14 5 2 1 3 12
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 82 26 33 59 46 5 1 1 2 2
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 52 14 12 26 28
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 7 2 0 2 0
2008–09 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 3 1 3 4 2
NHL totals 1049 240 308 548 644 43 11 7 18 28

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Mike Sillinger". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  2. ^ a b Isles C Sillinger Out After Hip Surgery Yahoo Sports, February 3, 2009
  3. ^ McGourty, John (August 26, 2009). "Isles' Sillinger announces retirement after 17 seasons". NHL.com. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Long-time NHLer Mike Sillinger truly of Regina". Vancouver Sun. 2009-08-26. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 

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Preceded by
Kory Kocur
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
1989
Succeeded by
Keith Primeau