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Dave Silk

This is Dave Silk.

He was an aggressive, pesky, hard skating player could play all three forward positions. He was most often used on the right wing. He was pretty smart player with an accurate shot which.

Dave was born in Scituate in the Boston area on New Year's Day in 1958. It was there that he learned to play hockey from the time he was seven. In high school he also played football and soccer. But Boston was always a hockey hotbed and Dave was caught up in "the boom" of the great Bruin teams of the 1960's and 70's when they won two Stanley Cups spearheaded by Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito.
 
"It was just hockey all the time, summer, winter. You would skate in the winter and play street hockey when you couldn't get ice. Just hockey, all the time," Dave recalled.
 
His father died when he was very young. It was his mother who encouraged him to play hockey. A Scituate man by the name of Ed Taylor took an active part in Dave's development as a hockey player.

"He was my coach right up until high school," Dave said. "He really paved the way for me. He used to pick me up and drive me to games and practices. He was like a second father to me. My mother was working so I needed someone like that."
 
Dave's family had great sport roots. His grandfather Hal Janvrin used to play major league baseball between 1911 and 1922. In 1916 he won the World Series with the Boston Red Sox as a 2nd baseman. One of his teammates that year was legendary Babe Ruth. Janvrin still holds the World Series record for most at bats in a 5 game series. Dave's cousin Mike Milbury was a hardnosed Boston Bruins defenseman for 12 seasons. He later became an NHL coach and GM. Dave and Mike were teammates for a while in Boston.
 
Dave played for Thayer Academy while in high school and then for Boston University during his college days. His trainer in BU was legendary coach Jack Parker.

Under the guidance of the fiery Parker Dave won the NCAA championship in his second year. The team had players like Olympic heroes Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig and Jack O'Callahan. They also had Dick Lamby and Rick Meagher. Dave had an outstanding three-year career at BU. He scored 143 points (70 goals, 73 assists) in only 85 games. His 35 goals as a freshman was a school record. Another BU record was his four PP goals in one game.
 
Dave, who was NY Rangers 4th round draft, 59th overall in 1978, wanted to become a pro as soon as possible, but the Rangers encouraged Dave to try for the Olympics. It was a decision he would not regret as USA went on to win the Olympic Gold. Dave had a pair of assists in that historic 4-3 game against the Soviets during the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. It was dave's biggest accomplishment as a hockey player. It's a memory he will cherish forever.
 
Dave's NHL career lasted for seven seasons. He played for NY Rangers (1979-80 season to 83), Boston Bruins (1983 to 84-85 season), Detroit (1984-85) and Winnipeg Jets (1985-86). In 249 NHL games Dave scored 54 goals and 59 assists for 113 points.

After retiring Dave went into investment banking..

3 comments:

Jay 1:17 PM  

This is pretty cool, he's my uncle and its nice to find some info on him and his playing career.

Chris Sperrazza 7:36 PM  

Silky is one of the nicest guys Ive ever met, I hgot to spend a little time with hime this past spring and Im a better person for it, keep yor head up Silky you are the man, Love ya bro, your friend Chris

janet m,  7:40 PM  

i just found a polaroid pic of dave and he wrote a note to me on it . was early to mid 80's i remember it was at a 7 eleven quincy / braintree line.i went with my friend anne marie. p. he is dressed in a suit, pen in left hand. i remembered i had this cause of the finals starting tonight. i have kept it in a ziploc all these years in a steel tool box. hope he is doing well. janet m. weymouth

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