Former Panthers forward, Mike Sillinger has announced his retirement after playing in the National Hockey League for the past 17 seasons.
Originally drafted eleventh overall in the first round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings, Sillinger played for the Islanders the last three seasons.
Sillinger was acquired by the Panthers during the 1999-2000 season at the trade deadline from Tampa Bay for their playoff push. He racked up eight points (four goals) in 13 games to end the season and then registered three points (two goals) in four playoff games. Sillinger started the 2000-01 season with the Cats, finishing with 34 points (13 goals) in 55 games before being traded to Ottawa at the 2001 deadline.
"To play the sport of hockey, something I’ve had a passion for all my life, at the professional level for the past 17 years and to be able to support my family has been a dream come true," said Sillinger. "From playing this game I have met some of my best friends and will cherish the memories we made forever."
The Regina, SASK native holds the record for most teams played for in a career with twelve starting with the Red Wings in the 1990-91 season. He also skated for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, and the Islanders. Sillinger’s 151 games played with the Islanders were the most he competed in with any of the twelve teams he suited up for in his career.
Throughout his career, Sillinger has played in 1,049 career games, scoring 240 goals and 308 assists for 548 points.