Born February 12, 1982 (age 29) in Felben-Wellhausen, Switzerland
Goaltender for the Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks recently shut out their rival San Jose Sharks with Hiller in net! The trilingual Hiller, fluent in English, German and French, spent the start of his career with Swiss National League A teams in Lausanne and Davos. In fact, with Davos he set a career-high win record of 28-16-0 in 44 games! He also won the Spengler Cup, awarded at an international tournament always played in Davos, in 2004 and 2006 with the home team. He was signed by Anaheim as a free agent in 2007, so he has never been formally drafted. He made his Ducks debut in September of that year, defeating Los Angeles in a Premier game played in London. The Ducks’ bigwigs saw him as an able backup for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, so they put Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers and he went to Phoenix. Hiller continued to play well in 2007-08 and got his first shutout the next season, also against the Kings. Hiller was the starting goalie for Anaheim’s 2009 playoffs run, ousting the President’s Trophy-winning Sharks in six but falling to Detroit in the second round. In January 2010, he signed a contract extension through 2013-14, Giguere went to Toronto and he became Anaheim’s top dog.
He went to the 2011 All-Star Game, as seen above (he’s also suited up for Switzerland once before, in the 2010 Olympics, where Switzerland came in 8th), but when he came home from that, he started feeling lightheaded. He reacted slower in a game against San Jose, so he rested for four games, returning to shut out Edmonton before the symptoms came back and he sat out for 15 games this time. Before game 4 of their playoff series against Nashville, he was sent home and identified as having vertigo. During the season, as he was suffering, the team picked up goalies Dan Ellis and Ray Emery (now with Chicago) to help. Hiller announced in August that he is now symptom-free. Last season, accounting for his vertigo-induced breaks, he played 49 games, won 26, lost 16, lost 3 in overtime, had a 2.56 GAA and a .924 save percentage. Going into this season, he has been Anaheim’s big guy in the net and doing very well! Good for him.