Former Nashville Predator Mike Sillinger to retire

117373923_946116c3a2_medium

In 31 regular season games with Nashville in 2006, Mike Sillinger scored 10 goals and added 12 assists. Photo courtesy of belly_wright on Flickr

He played for an NHL-record 12 teams over the course of 17 seasons, but now it's time for Mike Sillinger, hockey's consummate journeyman, to hang up the skates at age 38, according to a report at Newsday. Injuries had limited him to just 59 games over the last two seasons with the New York Islanders, but Predators fans fondly recall his run with the Preds. It began with his arrival from St. Louis, in a trade on January 30, 2006, for Timofei Shishkanov, a young forward who went on to play just 22 more NHL games.


Mike Sillinger

#18 / Center / New York Islanders

5-11

196

Jun 29, 1971

GP G A Pts PIM
Career - Mike Sillinger 1,049 240 308 548 644

Sillinger, meanwhile, was in the middle of his best offensive season, which ended with 32 goals and 63 points, both career highs. He was also a dominating faceoff man at the time, and topped the 200-shot mark for the only time in career.

His most notable game as a Pred might have been March 18, 2006, a 9-4 stomping of the Calgary Flames at home in Nashville, in which Sillinger racked up 4 assists (just shy of Marek Zidlicky's team-record 5 in a game vs. San Jose on Feb. 18, 2004).

Just last December, when the Islanders came to town, Sillinger was out of action, wearing a suit and watching from the visiting team's suite up high in the Sommet Center. As I watched him make the short walk from the media room, a number of fans recognized him, stopped to shake hands, and wished him a speedy recovery and return to the ice. That's not just a measure of the Southern Hospitality of Nashville fans, but also a telling sign of the respect and admiration that Sillinger commanded from teammates, opponents, and fans alike.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join On the Forecheck

You must be a member of On the Forecheck to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at On the Forecheck. You should read them.

Join On the Forecheck

You must be a member of On the Forecheck to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at On the Forecheck. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker