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Dutch Hiller
Dutch Hiller
Left Wing
Number: 18
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 170
Shoots: Left
Born: May 11, 1915
Birthplace: Berlin, ON, Canada
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario
Acquired: Claimed on waivers by Detroit from New York Rangers on April 8, 1941.
Dutch Hiller's photo album of his formative years in Kitchener, Ontario, shows ample evidence of a hockey hotbed that brought future NHLers together on local ponds and rinks. Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer are all pictured in primitive garb learning their trade along with young Hiller.

After Kitchener though, Hiller took a different road to the big leagues, via Sudbury senior hockey and a stint in Britain. He eventually landed in the NHL wearing Ranger blue just in time to join the ranks of a tough, speedy lineup with serious designs on the Stanley Cup. His first Ranger games unfolded in 1937 where, as a member of the "Roughneck" line, he joined Phil Watson and Bryan Hextall in making life difficult for the opposition. But references to Wilbert Hiller as a member of the Roughnecks just didn't fly with the Rangers PR department. So Wilbert was out and "Dutch" was in.

By 1940, Hiller and his mates ousted the Leafs to win their second-ever Stanley Cup. But the following year, the Rangers failed to repeat as champs, and Hiller was dispatched on a whirlwind of trades that placed him in Detroit, Boston, Montreal, back to New York and finally, back to Montreal again for his final stint in the NHL.

In his second last season, Hiller racked up a personal best 38 points. But his failing eyesight precipitated his departure from the NHL in 1946. An attempt at using an early, crude version of contact lenses failed to cure his problem. So Hiller wound out his hockey career with the Pittsburgh Hornets and the Kitchener Dutchmen.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80