PENTICTON, BC –The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce forward Owen Sillinger (97) has committed to Arizona State University for the 2017-2018 season.
President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson says Sillinger will be a great fit for Arizona State, “Owen has come in and has had an immediate impact with our hockey club. Owen has the makeup to be a great NCAA player, and ASU definitely got better with his addition.”
Sillinger, 18, is in his rookie season with the Vees has two goals and four points in eight games. The Regina, Saskatchewan, native scored his first career BCHL goal on September 18th, in Surrey in the Vees 6-2 win. Before making the jump to junior hockey, Sillinger was a standout at the Major Midget level in Saskatchewan. Last year he captained his hometown Pat Canadians and racked up 25 goals and 64 points in 42 regular season games in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League (SMAAAHL).
Sillinger had another 11 points in six playoff games as the Pat Canadians won the SMAAAHL championship. Sillinger helped guide his midget team all the way to the National Midget Championship, the Telus Cup, in Quebec last spring. There he was named the tournament’s top scorer and MVP after finishing with six goals and 17 points in seven games.
Owen is the son of retired NHL player Mike Sillinger, who played over one thousand games that spanned 15 seasons.
Arizona State was granted Division l status last November and are playing a hybrid schedule this season, with a mix of NCAA an ACHA teams. Next year will their first full season in Division 1 men’s ice hockey as an independent, before joining a conference for the 2017-18 season. The Sun Devils are coached by Greg Powers who’s entering his seven season with the ASU hockey program. ASU has seven BCHL alumni on their roster this year, including Vees alum Wade Murphy, who’s eligible to play next year in Tempe, Arizona.