Yesterday Owen Sillinger officially announced his commitment to Arizona State University. The 18-year-old is the second player in the Vees’ history to go the Valley of the Sun after Wade Murphy transferred from North Dakota this past off-season.
— Owen Sillinger (@owensillinger97) October 5, 2015
Sillinger is off to a great start with the Vees, scoring twice and picking up four points in his first eight games. The Regina, Saskatchewan, native is developing into a very good two-way centerman for Penticton, as he sees key minutes both on the power-play and penalty-kill. He thinks the game very well and by the way he plays, you can tell he takes pride in how he plays at both ends of the ice.
“Silly” had a standout season last year in midget hockey, leading his hometown Regina Pat Canadians to the Saskatchewan AAA championship and a berth in the Semi-Final at the national midget championship, the Telus Cup. There he was the top scorer and named the tournament’s MVP, after racking up 17 points in seven games.
He comes from a hockey family, as his father Mike played over one thousand games in the NHL over a 15-year career.
Sillinger will be back next year for the Vees, before heading down to Tempe, Arizona, for the 2017-2018 season. When he arrives in Arizona, the Sun Devils will be playing a full-time NCAA Division l schedule and will be playing in either the WCHA or NCHC conferences. This year ASU is playing a hybrid schedule and next year they’ll play as an independent in Division l men’s college hockey.
Sillinger is the ninth player on the Vees roster to secure an NCAA Division l scholarship.