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Zach Sill (born May 24, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centreman who is currently playing for Kölner Haie of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). In North America, he most recently played for the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Zach Sill
Zach Sill 2013-12-21.JPG
Born (1988-05-24) May 24, 1988 (age 31)
Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Kölner Haie
Pittsburgh Penguins
Toronto Maple Leafs
Washington Capitals
HC Sparta Praha
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2009–present

Playing careerEdit

Collegiate/juniorEdit

Sill was drafted by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)'s Moncton Wildcats in the 2005 junior draft, but opted to keep his NCAA eligibility and not immediately play major junior hockey for Moncton. He had an impressive 2005–06 season with the Truro Bearcats of the MJAHL. He began the 2006–07 season with the University of Maine, but parted ways early in 2007 after playing in just six games with the Black Bears. Sill then went back to the Bearcats for six games before going on to win playoff MVP and lead the Bearcats to the Fred Page Cup championship.

The following season, Sill started began his major junior career with the Moncton Wildcats, scoring 27 goals and 23 assists over two seasons. He was named Best Defensive Forward, among other honours, in the 2008–09 season before beginning his professional career in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.[1]

ProfessionalEdit

On May 16, 2011, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they had signed Sill to a two-year contract.[2]

Sill made his NHL debut on November 16, 2013, skating 9:10 of ice time with the Penguins in a 4–1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.[3]

In the following season, 2014–15, Sill, after 47 career NHL games without recording a point, produced his first point, an assist, on a Marcel Goc goal on January 13, 2015, against the Minnesota Wild. On January 21, in Sill's 52nd career NHL game, he scored his first NHL goal against Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks.[4]

On February 25, 2015, Sill was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, along with Pittsburgh's fourth-round draft pick in 2015 and their second-round pick in 2016, in exchange for forward Daniel Winnik.[5] Sill finished the regular season with Toronto, playing in 21 games and registering one assist.

Sill was not resigned by the Leafs and on July 15, 2015, signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals.[6] He was subsequently resigned to a two-year, two way deal on June 30, 2016. In a game against the Boston Bruins on January 5, 2016, Sill boarded Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid and was suspended two games.[7]

After completing his third season within the Washington Capitals organization playing with AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, Sill left North America as a free agent after nine professional season, and on August 13, 2018, agreed to a one-year contract with Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga (ELH).[8] In his lone season with Sparta Praha, Sill contributed with 11 points in 48 games in a bottom six forward role. On June 27, 2019, Sill left Prague as a free agent.[9]

Continuing his career in Europe, Sill agreed to a one-year contract with German outfit, Kölner Haie of the DEL, on July 8, 2019.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Truro Bearcats MJAHL 1 1 0 0 0
2005–06 Truro Bearcats MJAHL 48 12 8 20 68
2006–07 U. of Maine HE 6 1 1 2 2
2006–07 Truro Bearcats MJAHL 6 1 0 1 18
2007–08 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 66 18 8 26 95
2008–09 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 58 9 15 24 78 10 4 1 5 10
2009–10 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 6 1 2 3 15
2009–10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 54 5 6 11 48 4 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 80 11 19 30 85 12 1 2 3 6
2011–12 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 68 10 7 17 40 12 3 1 4 0
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 57 4 5 9 108 15 2 2 4 6
2013–14 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 18 3 3 6 34 17 1 2 3 18
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 0 0 0 12
2014–15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 42 1 2 3 60
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 0 1 1 24
2015–16 Washington Capitals NHL 10 1 0 1 2
2015–16 Hershey Bears AHL 63 9 13 22 49 21 6 4 10 26
2016–17 Hershey Bears AHL 67 7 9 16 30 12 0 0 0 12
2017–18 Hershey Bears AHL 76 7 15 22 60
2018–19 HC Sparta Praha ELH 48 2 9 11 64 4 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 93 2 3 5 98

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
MJAHL
Playoff MVP 2007
QMJHL
Hardest hitter 2009
Best defensive forward 2009
Hardest worker 2009

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Zack [sic] Sill hockey statistics & profile". hockeydb.com. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
  2. ^ "Sill signs two-year deal with Pens". Truro Daily News. Transcontinental Nova Scotia Media Group, Inc. May 16, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
  3. ^ "Sill hold own in NHL debut against Devils". Trurodaily.com. November 17, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "Zach Sill scores first goal, nearly hits Brian Bickell with celebration". cbssports.com. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Maple Leafs trade Winnik to Penguins". The Sports Network. February 25, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "Sill signs with Washington Capitals". Truro Daily News. July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  7. ^ Lewis, Scott (January 6, 2016). "Zach Sill suspended two games for hit on Bruins' Adam McQuaid". Sportsnet.ca. Sportsnet. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "Sparťanský útok posiluje Kanaďan Zach Sill". www.hcsparta.cz (in Czech). August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "Sill and Delisle won't continue in Praha" (in Czech). HC Sparta Praha. June 27, 2019. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  10. ^ "Zach Sill strengthens the Sharks" (in German). Kölner Haie. July 8, 2019. Retrieved July 8, 2019.

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