DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Mike Sillinger begins his fifth season as the Oilers’ Director of Player Development after a lengthy career in the National Hockey League. Sillinger will work with Edmonton’s prospects in both the AHL and ECHL and with Oilers draft picks in the junior and college ranks.
The 42-year-old well-traveled centre has played for 12 NHL clubs, most recently suiting up for the New York Islanders. Originally drafted 11th overall in 1990 by the Detroit Red Wings, Sillinger began his NHL career in Detroit before continuing on to play for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators and New York Islanders.
Sillinger played his junior with the Regina Pats and was named a WHL First All-Star Team selectee in 1991, his final junior year. After splitting time in Adirondack and Detroit, he carved out a solid career in the NHL eventually playing 1,049 games scoring 240 goals and 308 assists for 548 points.
Internationally Sillinger represented Team Canada on two occasions, winning a gold medal at the 1991 World Junior Championship and leading his country as their captain at the 2000 World Championship.
Sillinger was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. He and his wife Karla have three sons, Owen, Lukas and Cole.