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Mike Sillinger

Born:June 29, 1971Draft:1989, Detroit Red Wings, #11 Overall
Hometown:Regina, SK, CANPosition:C
Known For:Cole’s fatherShoots/Catches:Right
National Team:Canada

Michael John Sillinger (born June 29, 1971) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 17 seasons. Sillinger played for twelve different teams and was 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 1989 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 11 other teams. 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.

After retirement, Sillinger joined the Edmonton Oilers as Director of Player Development from 2009 to 2014. Beginning in 2014, Sillinger began working in a scouting and recruitment role for the Regina Pats, his former junior club.

Mike Sillinger Detroit Red Wings
Mike Sillinger, Detroit Red Wings, Oct. 31, 1992 (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)

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  • U20 WJC Gold Medal 1990-1991
  • WHL (East) First All-Star Team 1990-1991
  • AHL Calder Cup Champion 1991-1992