Jonas Hiller

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Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller Ducks 2012-02-15.JPG
Hiller with the Ducks in 2012.
Born(1982-02-12) February 12, 1982 (age 32)
Felben-Wellhausen, Switzerland
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CatchesRight
NHL team
Former teams
Anaheim Ducks
NLA
HC Davos
HC Lausanne
National team  Switzerland
NHL DraftUndrafted
Playing career2001–present
 
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Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller Ducks 2012-02-15.JPG
Hiller with the Ducks in 2012.
Born(1982-02-12) February 12, 1982 (age 32)
Felben-Wellhausen, Switzerland
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CatchesRight
NHL team
Former teams
Anaheim Ducks
NLA
HC Davos
HC Lausanne
National team  Switzerland
NHL DraftUndrafted
Playing career2001–present

Jonas Hiller (born February 12, 1982) is a Swiss professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL) . He wears number 1 for the Anaheim Ducks. He is one of only a handful of goaltenders in the NHL who play a right-handed style.

Playing career[edit]

Hiller won Switzerland's championship in 2002, 2005 and 2007, as well as the Spengler Cup in 2004 and 2006 with Davos. In 2006–07, Hiller set a career-high win record with 28–16–0 in 44 games. He was signed as a free agent by the Ducks in May 2007.

Hiller made his debut for the Anaheim Ducks on September 30, 2007, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 4–1 in London, England. He allowed one goal on 23 shots for the win.

Ducks general manager at the time, Brian Burke, felt that Hiller was ready to become full-time backup to Jean-Sébastien Giguère, and placed Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers, where he was claimed off waivers by the Phoenix Coyotes. Hiller went on to record a 2.06 goals against average (GAA) and .926 save percentage in 23 games in his first NHL season.

Hiller recorded his first NHL shutout in the 2008–09 NHL season, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 2–0.

Hiller in 2010 during a game against the Detroit Red Wings

The Ducks named Hiller their starting goaltender for the 2009 NHL Playoffs after his strong regular season play. He started his first Stanley Cup Playoff game on April 16, 2009, recording a shutout against the San Jose Sharks with 35 saves. He and the Ducks ousted the Sharks in six games, marking only the fourth time that the President's Trophy winning team has been eliminated in the first round. The Ducks next matchup was the second seed Detroit Red Wings, a series which Detroit won in seven games. Many felt that it was due to Hiller's play that the Ducks were able to take the defending Stanley Cup champions to seven games.

On January 30, 2010, Hiller signed a four-year extension with the Ducks going through the 2013–14 NHL season. The next day, the Ducks traded Giguère to the Toronto Maple Leafs, cementing Hiller's status as the Ducks' number one goalie.

During the lockout-shortened 2012-13 NHL Season, Hiller helped the Ducks place 2nd overall in the NHL's Western Conference. During the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Ducks were eliminated in a seven game series against the Detroit Red Wings for the second time in five years.

Vertigo-like symptoms[edit]

Hiller earned a spot in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, held in Raleigh, North Carolina, on January 30. His first game after returning from the all-star weekend, Hiller felt lightheaded and was slow to react, allowing 3 goals on 10 shots in the opening period of a 4-3 loss February 2 against the visiting San Jose Sharks. He sat out the next four games before shutting out the Edmonton Oilers, 4-0, on February 13, but the symptoms reappeared. Hiller then sat out another 15 games, making what would be his last appearance of the season during a 5-4 loss to Nashville on March 24.

The Ducks acquired veteran goaltenders Ray Emery and Dan Ellis in separate February deals, and the pair played all playoff minutes as the Ducks were eliminated in the first round by the Nashville Predators. Emery, an unrestricted free agent, eventually signed with the Chicago Blackhawks during the off-season.

In August 2011, Hiller said he was symptom free.[1] Ellis was retained as the team's backup goaltender.

Hiller with Team Switzerland during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

International play[edit]

Hiller played goalie for Switzerland in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Team Switzerland finished in 8th place, losing to the United States in the Quarterfinal round.

Personal[edit]

Hiller is fluent in English, German and French. He is a Butterfly style goaltender.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLTOTLMINGASOGAASV%
2003–04LausanneNLA133717094213.55
2004–05DavosNLA432612425239482.24
2005–06DavosNLA422215525519842.30
2006–07DavosNLA4428160265611532.60
2007–08Anaheim DucksNHL23107112234202.06.927
2007–08Portland PiratesAHL63213701302.11.929
2008–09Anaheim DucksNHL462315124869942.39.919
2009–10Anaheim DucksNHL5930234333815222.73.918
2010–11Anaheim DucksNHL4926163267211452.56.924
2011–12Anaheim DucksNHL73293012425318242.57.910
2012–13Anaheim DucksNHL26156414985912.36.913
NHL totals276133972515589154692.51.917

Playoffs[edit]

SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLMINGASOGAASV%
2003–04LausanneNLA440701.67
2004–05DavosNLA151233402.19
2005–06DavosNLA15964513.00
2006–07DavosNLA1912711383932.05
2008–09Anaheim DucksNHL13768073022.23.943
2012–13Anaheim DucksNHL7344391812.46.917
NHL totals20101012454832.31.935

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