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).
May 24, 1988|
Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
HC Sparta Praha
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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). 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.
Continuing his career in Europe, Sill agreed to a one-year contract with German outfit, Kölner Haie of the DEL, on July 8, 2019.
|2006–07||U. of Maine||HE||6||1||1||2||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||21||0||1||1||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||HC Sparta Praha||ELH||48||2||9||11||64||4||0||0||0||2|
Awards and honorsEdit
|Best defensive forward||2009|
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- "Sill signs two-year deal with Pens". Truro Daily News. Transcontinental Nova Scotia Media Group, Inc. May 16, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
- "Sill hold own in NHL debut against Devils". Trurodaily.com. November 17, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
- "Zach Sill scores first goal, nearly hits Brian Bickell with celebration". cbssports.com. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
- "Maple Leafs trade Winnik to Penguins". The Sports Network. February 25, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- "Sill signs with Washington Capitals". Truro Daily News. July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
- Lewis, Scott (January 6, 2016). "Zach Sill suspended two games for hit on Bruins' Adam McQuaid". Sportsnet.ca. Sportsnet. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
- "Sparťanský útok posiluje Kanaďan Zach Sill". www.hcsparta.cz (in Czech). August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
- "Sill and Delisle won't continue in Praha" (in Czech). HC Sparta Praha. June 27, 2019. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
- "Zach Sill strengthens the Sharks" (in German). Kölner Haie. July 8, 2019. Retrieved July 8, 2019.