Danny Syvret moves up to the big leagues after call from the Oilers

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Millgrove's Danny Syvret is living his dream, skating with the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL. An early morning call a couple of weeks ago sent him on his way from the Hamilton Bulldogs to the Oilers in Alberta.

His dad, Dave, said Danny got a phone call at 12:45 a.m., November 4, informing him that he was being called up from the American Hockey League (AHL) to play in the NHL. The turnaround time was quick with Danny joining the Oilers on the ice that very night to help the team romp to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Danny played "a lot of minutes" in his debut game, Dave Syvret said, and although he came close to scoring his first NHL goal, it eluded him. "He hit two (goal) posts," his dad said with a note of pride.

Syvret feels his son, at 5'11", 203 pounds, is a good fit for the Edmonton team that drafted the former London Knights' defenceman and team captain after a Cinderella 2004-2005 season. Not only did the Knights win the Memorial Cup last season, but Danny was a member of Canada's World Junior Hockey Team which captured the gold medal in January's championship game against Russia. He scored the winning goal in that game.

"What I like about the Oilers is they're not afraid to play young kids and challenge them," Danny's dad said. "They throw them into the fire right away."

The senior Syvret, who is a scout for the Knights, has a longstanding interest in hockey. He was an OHA (Ontario Hockey Association) player for Toronto in his youth, and has imparted his love for Canada's national sport to his three sons. His eldest son, Davey, played in the provincial junior league; Danny, 20, his middle son, has made it to the big leagues and 16-year-old Corey, his youngest son, is a rookie defenceman with the London Knights.

Syvret says Corey is "pretty proud" of Danny's accomplishments. Corey also wants to skate for an NHL team some day. "He has seen what it takes to get to that point and he's up for the challenge," his dad said, explaining that hard work is the key.

"It's every boy's dream to play in the NHL and it's gratifying, as a family, to see a family member play in the best league," Syvret said.

Injuries to two defencemen on the Oilers' squad caused the team to recall Danny and Dan Smith, who was also playing for the Bulldogs. "Unfortunately, another player has to go" before a newcomer gets a break, Syvret said, acknowledging that Danny was hoping to be called up sometime this season.

As of the Review's presstime, Danny has yet to score his first NHL goal. But it's only a matter of time before he does and his dad intends to be watching. He has secured the NHL Centre Ice package from Cogeco that allows him to watch all the Oilers' games on television. He and his wife, Colleen, and the rest of the family will be watching, looking for No. 28 (Danny's jersey number) and hoping to share in the excitement when he gets his first NHL marker.

Danny Syvret moves up to the big leagues after call from the Oilers

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Millgrove's Danny Syvret is living his dream, skating with the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL. An early morning call a couple of weeks ago sent him on his way from the Hamilton Bulldogs to the Oilers in Alberta.

His dad, Dave, said Danny got a phone call at 12:45 a.m., November 4, informing him that he was being called up from the American Hockey League (AHL) to play in the NHL. The turnaround time was quick with Danny joining the Oilers on the ice that very night to help the team romp to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Danny played "a lot of minutes" in his debut game, Dave Syvret said, and although he came close to scoring his first NHL goal, it eluded him. "He hit two (goal) posts," his dad said with a note of pride.

Syvret feels his son, at 5'11", 203 pounds, is a good fit for the Edmonton team that drafted the former London Knights' defenceman and team captain after a Cinderella 2004-2005 season. Not only did the Knights win the Memorial Cup last season, but Danny was a member of Canada's World Junior Hockey Team which captured the gold medal in January's championship game against Russia. He scored the winning goal in that game.

"What I like about the Oilers is they're not afraid to play young kids and challenge them," Danny's dad said. "They throw them into the fire right away."

The senior Syvret, who is a scout for the Knights, has a longstanding interest in hockey. He was an OHA (Ontario Hockey Association) player for Toronto in his youth, and has imparted his love for Canada's national sport to his three sons. His eldest son, Davey, played in the provincial junior league; Danny, 20, his middle son, has made it to the big leagues and 16-year-old Corey, his youngest son, is a rookie defenceman with the London Knights.

Syvret says Corey is "pretty proud" of Danny's accomplishments. Corey also wants to skate for an NHL team some day. "He has seen what it takes to get to that point and he's up for the challenge," his dad said, explaining that hard work is the key.

"It's every boy's dream to play in the NHL and it's gratifying, as a family, to see a family member play in the best league," Syvret said.

Injuries to two defencemen on the Oilers' squad caused the team to recall Danny and Dan Smith, who was also playing for the Bulldogs. "Unfortunately, another player has to go" before a newcomer gets a break, Syvret said, acknowledging that Danny was hoping to be called up sometime this season.

As of the Review's presstime, Danny has yet to score his first NHL goal. But it's only a matter of time before he does and his dad intends to be watching. He has secured the NHL Centre Ice package from Cogeco that allows him to watch all the Oilers' games on television. He and his wife, Colleen, and the rest of the family will be watching, looking for No. 28 (Danny's jersey number) and hoping to share in the excitement when he gets his first NHL marker.

Danny Syvret moves up to the big leagues after call from the Oilers

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Millgrove's Danny Syvret is living his dream, skating with the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL. An early morning call a couple of weeks ago sent him on his way from the Hamilton Bulldogs to the Oilers in Alberta.

His dad, Dave, said Danny got a phone call at 12:45 a.m., November 4, informing him that he was being called up from the American Hockey League (AHL) to play in the NHL. The turnaround time was quick with Danny joining the Oilers on the ice that very night to help the team romp to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Danny played "a lot of minutes" in his debut game, Dave Syvret said, and although he came close to scoring his first NHL goal, it eluded him. "He hit two (goal) posts," his dad said with a note of pride.

Syvret feels his son, at 5'11", 203 pounds, is a good fit for the Edmonton team that drafted the former London Knights' defenceman and team captain after a Cinderella 2004-2005 season. Not only did the Knights win the Memorial Cup last season, but Danny was a member of Canada's World Junior Hockey Team which captured the gold medal in January's championship game against Russia. He scored the winning goal in that game.

"What I like about the Oilers is they're not afraid to play young kids and challenge them," Danny's dad said. "They throw them into the fire right away."

The senior Syvret, who is a scout for the Knights, has a longstanding interest in hockey. He was an OHA (Ontario Hockey Association) player for Toronto in his youth, and has imparted his love for Canada's national sport to his three sons. His eldest son, Davey, played in the provincial junior league; Danny, 20, his middle son, has made it to the big leagues and 16-year-old Corey, his youngest son, is a rookie defenceman with the London Knights.

Syvret says Corey is "pretty proud" of Danny's accomplishments. Corey also wants to skate for an NHL team some day. "He has seen what it takes to get to that point and he's up for the challenge," his dad said, explaining that hard work is the key.

"It's every boy's dream to play in the NHL and it's gratifying, as a family, to see a family member play in the best league," Syvret said.

Injuries to two defencemen on the Oilers' squad caused the team to recall Danny and Dan Smith, who was also playing for the Bulldogs. "Unfortunately, another player has to go" before a newcomer gets a break, Syvret said, acknowledging that Danny was hoping to be called up sometime this season.

As of the Review's presstime, Danny has yet to score his first NHL goal. But it's only a matter of time before he does and his dad intends to be watching. He has secured the NHL Centre Ice package from Cogeco that allows him to watch all the Oilers' games on television. He and his wife, Colleen, and the rest of the family will be watching, looking for No. 28 (Danny's jersey number) and hoping to share in the excitement when he gets his first NHL marker.