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“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. From playing this game I have met some of my best friends and will cherish the memories we made forever.”
-Mike Sillinger announcing his retirement today. More from the New York Islanders.
from On the Islanders Beat,
“Snowy called me and told me what happened,” Sillinger said. “Quite frankly, I don’t know that there was any kind of tug-of-war. I didn’t spend the last half of the season with the guys because of my [hip] injury. The year before, we made the playoffs, and Ted did a great job. Obviously, this year we had a bunch of injuries.
“Garth told me they had philosophical differences. So be it. That’s his decision. It’s really unfortunate. Ted and I had a great relationship. I enjoyed playing for him. I guess you move on.”
From the AP via SI,
Okposo graciously greeted Sillinger on Monday as he pulled off his Islanders jersey for the first time after practice. Two years after he was chosen by New York with the No. 7 pick in the draft, Okposo is set to make his NHL debut Tuesday night when the host Islanders face the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“You’re going to be 20 in April, right?’’ Sillinger asked. “Yup, I’m 19,’’ the reply quickly came.
“I’m 37,’’ the veteran of 17 NHL seasons said with a laugh. “I could be your dad. I’ve got a kid who’s 15.’‘
And with that, Sillinger - recovering from recent hip surgery that ended his season - walked away. In a season that has quickly unraveled for the Islanders, Okposo is providing something for the franchise to look forward to.
from the New York Times,
If Sillinger, 36, remains on the roster through this season, he will have lived in the same house for the longest stretch in roughly 10 years. That is an accomplishment in his career, which has earned him the nickname Suitcase Sillinger; he has been included in nine trades, including five around the deadline.
Just to be safe, his wife, Karla, and their sons Owen, 10; Lukas, 7; and Cole, 4; are once again bracing themselves.
“I’m not going to lie; the trade deadline is circled on our calendar like Easter or Christmas,” said Karla Sillinger, who met her husband while they were growing up in Regina, Saskatchewan. “But it’s not like I have the movers on speed dial.”
from Jonah Keri at ESPN Page 2,
Page 2 recently chatted with Sillinger about growing up in Saskatchewan, his early experiences as a pro and living the life of an NHL nomad.
Page 2: Since I’m a fellow Canadian and not far from your age, I have to start by asking you about growing up in Regina in the ‘70s. As a kid, was it all about games of shinny out on a pond or an outdoor rink somewhere, only without the constant falling down and embarrassment?
Mike Sillinger: Hockey was just something I loved to do. I can remember way back—the first team I played on was the Citations hockey club. I was 4 or 5. We had these bright orange jerseys, some real beauties. When I got older, I’d always do my homework right away after school so I could go outside and play….
On July 1, Mike Sillinger was as disappointed as anyone in the Islanders’ organization to learn that his friend Ryan Smyth had signed with Colorado rather than accept a slightly better offer from the Isles. As one of Smyth’s partners in a British Columbia real estate development and as alternate captain, Sillinger had pushed for “Captain Canada” to become “Captain Islander.”
“Even with me, he kept everything inside,” Sillinger said. “He kept his private stuff private between him and his family and his agent. I had no idea he was going to sign with Colorado. When he did sign, he told me the Islanders were one of his teams to the very end….”
continued with more Islander talk…