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Cole Sillinger, Columbus forward and son of ex-Red Wings player Mike Sillinger, threw out the first pitch at a Cleveland Guardians MLB game.

Cole Sillnger is the first son of a Detroit Red Wings player to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at an MLB game. Granted, this statement hasn’t been meticulously researched for verification. Regardless, we’re going to go out on that limb.

Prior to Monday’s American League game between the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field, Sillinger of the Columbus Blue Jackets delivered the first pitch. He’s the son of long-time NHLer and former Red Wings forward Mike Sillinger.

Undeniably, Sillinger isn’t the only son of an NHLer to thrown out an MLB first pitch. Florida Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk, son of Keith Tkachuk, also did so this season at a Miami Marlins game. However, neither of them ever played for the Red Wings.

The elder Sillinger was Detroit’s first-round pick during the club’s legendary class of 1989. That group produced seven future NHLers, including current Red Wings assistant coach Bob Boughner, Hall of Famers Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom, and Vladimir Konstantinov, Dallas Drake and Shawn McCosh.

Like his dad, Cole Sillinger was a first-round pick. He was taken 12th overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2021 NHL entry draft. Proud papa Mike was on hand to witness Cole’s debut on the MLB mound.

Interestingly, the recipient of Sillinger’s ceremonial first ptich was Guardians Canadian-born pitcher Cal Quantrill. His dad Paul Quantrill was a long-time MLB pitcher. Firstly, you have a Canadian NHLer who is the son of an NHLer, Secondly, he’s hurling to a Canadian MLB pitcher who is the son an MLB pitcher.

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