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Islanders' Mike Sillinger retires after 17 years

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -New York Islanders center Mike Sillinger is retiring after 17 years in the NHL because of an injured left hip.

The 38-year-old forward announced his decision during a conference call Wednesday.

Sillinger played only seven games last year and had season-ending surgery in January. In February 2008, a procedure on the hip forced him to miss the final 29 games of that season.

He played for a record 12 teams during his 17 seasons. He spent three years with the Islanders and his 42 goals and 87 points were his highest total with any NHL team.

Sillinger was chosen No. 11 in the 1989 draft by Detroit. For his career, he had 240 goals and 308 assists in 1,049 games.

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