Then, he was sent to Chicago at the trade deadline, and everything changed. He was thrown into a team preparing for a playoff run that would lead to the franchise’s first championship, and he couldn’t have been happier.
“It was more exciting than anything,” Mylymok said. “To go from a team at the bottom to a team that has a chance to win a championship, as a player, it is all you can ask for and you just hope to contribute. It is exciting to be a part of the formula.”
Winning the 1998 Turner Cup is definitely Mylymok’s favorite Wolves memory, but he remembers the end of Game 7 like it was yesterday.
“We were playing Detroit, our biggest rival – both teams had a strong distaste for each other – and we were at home in front of 17,000 fans,” he explained. “I remember it being such a cool series and then finally in the last game, we got the lead at the end of the game and you could see the fans’ faces. They knew we had it won, and I just looked around the rink and soaked it in. It was probably the first time all season that I got nervous – after we had wrapped it up.”
Mylymok feels that you form a special bond with your teammates when you win a championship, and he has kept in touch with many of them, including current Wolves GM Wendell Young.
After the 1999-00 championship season, Mylymok moved to Boise, Idaho, where he spent his final four years playing with the ECHL Steelheads. Mylymok still resides in Boise, with his wife and two boys, ages seven and nine. He is the head of youth hockey in Boise and coaches his kids’ squirt teams.
“I knew in my heart that I was done playing,” he said. “I was fortunate enough to be able to play as long as I wanted to. I played in some great cities and was able to end my career in a place I wanted to live.
“So for me, to finish and play in Boise, it was a sense of relief because I knew I was done and I knew I wanted to start a life here,” Mylymok concluded.