Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Randy Hillier
During Randy Hillier's final season with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHA in 1980, he was seized with an uncharacteristic outburst of scoring, notching 67 points in 62 games. He already had stay-at-home prowess and plenty of penalty minutes to post on his crease-clearing resume. The increased balance between offensive output and abrasion brought him onto the Boston Bruins' radar screen at the draft. Hillier was chosen 102nd overall in 1980.

After a season with the Springfield Indians of the AHL, Hillier advanced to the Bruins lineup in 1981-82, where he settled into his big-league brand of rugged, stay-at-home, nothing flashy, defensive hockey. Three seasons in Boston lead Hillier to a seven-year stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins, culminating with a Stanley Cup victory in 1991.

Hillier then picked up a few games with the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres before heading overseas to round out his hockey career in 1992-93, playing one season in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Following his playing career, Hillier was appointed as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1997-98 and then returned behind the bench with the Pens in 2001-02.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Lido Bruins MTHL 38 8 22 30 36
1977-78 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 60 1 14 15 67
1978-79 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 61 8 25 33 173 10 2 5 7 21
1979-80 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 60 16 49 65 143 9 3 6 9 14
1980-81 Springfield Indians AHL 64 3 17 20 105 6 0 2 2 36
1981-82 Boston Bruins NHL 25 0 8 8 29 +6 8 0 1 1 16
1981-82 Erie Blades AHL 35 6 13 19 52
1982-83 Boston Bruins NHL 70 0 10 10 99 +10 3 0 0 0 4
1983-84 Boston Bruins NHL 69 3 12 15 125 -5
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 45 2 19 21 56 -12
1985-86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 28 0 3 3 53 -3
1985-86 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 8 0 5 5 14
1986-87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 55 4 8 12 97 +12
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 55 1 12 13 144 -6
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 68 1 23 24 141 -4 9 0 1 1 49
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 61 3 12 15 71 +11
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 2 2 4 32 -3 8 0 0 0 24
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 8 0 0 0 11 -3
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 28 0 1 1 48 -14
1991-92 San Diego Gulls IHL 6 0 2 2 4
1992-93 Klagenfurter AC Austria 23 2 9 11
NHL Totals 543 16 110 126 906 28 0 2 2 93


Traded to Pittsburgh by Boston for Pittsburgh's 4th round pick (later traded to Quebec - Quebec selected Peter Massey) in 1985 NHL Draft, October 15, 1984. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, June 30, 1984. Traded to Buffalo by NY Islanders with Pat LaFontaine, Randy Wood and NY Islanders' 4th round pick (Dean Melanson) in 1992 NHL Draft for Pierre Turgeon, Uwe Krupp, Benoit Hogue and Dave McLlwain, October 25, 1991.
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