Pats retire Mike Sillinger's jersey
The Regina Pats raised Mike Sillinger's No. 16 jersey to the rafters of the Brandt Centre on Friday night.
"It brought back lots of great memories and I feel like a kid again," Sillinger said after stepping off the ice with his wife Karla and their three sons.
Sillinger was one of the most prolific hockey players Regina has ever produced, playing in more than 1,000 games with 12 different teams during his 17-season NHL career.
As the eighth Pats player to have his jersey retired, Sillinger joins Ed Staniowski, Brad Hornung, Clark Gillies, Doug Wickenheiser, Dennis Sobchuk, Bill Hickie and Dale Derkatch. Both Sillinger and Derkatch wore No. 16.
"To be joining seven other individuals with their jerseys retired, I'm going into great company and it's definitely a great honour," Sillinger said.
After retiring from professional hockey in 2009, Sillinger joined the Edmonton Oilers as the team's director of player development. Last September, he was inducted into the Regina Sports Hall of Fame.