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
Calgary Flames
HC Lausanne
HC Davos
Anaheim Ducks
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
Calgary Flames
HC Lausanne
HC Davos
Anaheim Ducks
National team Switzerland
NHL DraftUndrafted
Playing career2001–present

Jonas Hiller (born February 12, 1982) is a Swiss professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). 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 in 2010 during a game against the Detroit Red Wings.

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

On July 1, 2014, Hiller signed a two-year deal as a free agent with the Calgary Flames for $4.5 million per year.[1]

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.[2] Ellis was retained as the team's backup goaltender.

International play[edit]

Hiller with Team Switzerland during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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. He also played goalie for Switzerland in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Team Switzerland finished in 9th place, losing to the Latvia in the Qualification playoffs.

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 and playoffs[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLT/OTMINGASOGAASV%GPWLMINGASOGAASV%
2003–04HC LausanneNLA133717094213.55
2003–04HC La Chaux-de-FondsNLB101060404.00
2004–05HC DavosNLA432612425239482.24151239323402.19
2005–06HC DavosNLA422215525519842.3015969004513.00
2006–07HC DavosNLA4428160265611532.601912711383932.05
2007–08Anaheim DucksNHL23107112234202.06.927
2007–08Portland PiratesAHL63213701302.11.929
2008–09Anaheim DucksNHL462315124869942.39.91913768073022.23.943
2009–10Anaheim DucksNHL5930234333815222.73.918
2010–11Anaheim DucksNHL4926163267211452.56.924
2011–12Anaheim DucksNHL73293012425318242.57.910
2012–13Anaheim DucksNHL26156414985912.36.9137344391812.46.917
2013–14Anaheim DucksNHL5029137290912052.48.911622219802.19.906
NHL totals3261621103218,379768212.51.91626121214655632.29.932

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