Much-traveled center Mike Sillinger, who spent portions of the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons with the Flyers, was born June 29th, 1971 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Originally, the Detroit Red Wings drafted the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Sillinger in the first round (11th overall) of the 1989 NHL Draft. He went on to play 1,049 NHL regular season games for 12 clubs - an NHL record - and was traded nine times in his career (tied for an NHL record).
Philadelphia was the fourth stop on Sillinger's NHL journey. On February 5, 1998, the Flyers acquired him from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 1998 fifth-round draft choice (later flipped back to the Flyers and used on the selection of forward Garret Prosofsky).
A speedy player who excelled on faceoffs, Sillinger played well for the Flyers over the rest of the season. He posted 11 goals and 22 points in 27 games. Sillinger's most successful line combination came with Alexandre Daigle and Colin Forbes as his linemates.
During the 1998 playoffs, Sillinger missed two games of the Flyers' five-game loss to the Buffalo Sabres in the first round. A concussion set him back. Sillinger scored a goal in Game 5, which the Sabres ultimately won in overtime, 3-2, to close out the series.
The following season, Sillinger opened the campaign with the Flyers. Considerably less effective offensively than the previous year, he suffered a sprained knee in October and produced just three points (zero goals, three assists) in 25 games for Roger Neilson's club. On December 12, 1998, Sillinger was traded to the Tampa Bay Lighting in the deal that sent Chris Gratton back to Tampa, brought Mikael Renberg back to Philadelphia and also saw the Flyers acquire Daymond Langkow.
Sillinger played in the NHL until the 2008-09 season. Later, he became the director of player development for the Edmonton Oilers (who were not among his 12 clubs during his playing days) and then later rejoined his original team, the Western Hockey League's Regina Pats, as a scout and player personnel recruiter.