Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dutch Hiller
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1932-33 Kitchener Empires OHA-B 11 7 3 10 19 5 6 2 8 4
1933-34 Sudbury Cub Wolves NOJHA 8 7 0 7 15 2 5 1 6 2
1934-35 Sudbury Cub Wolves NOJHA 4 5 0 5 8 3 2 0 2 8
1935-36 Sudbury Frood Miners NBHL 6 5 0 5 10
1935-36 Falconbridge Falcons Al-Cup 13 6 1 7 4
1936-37 Harringay Greyhounds Britain 42 22 11 33 16
1937-38 New York Rovers EAHL 43 26 30 56 31
1937-38 New York Rangers NHL 8 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
1938-39 New York Rangers NHL 48 10 19 29 22 7 1 0 1 9
1939-40 New York Rangers NHL 48 13 18 31 57 12 2 4 6 2
1940-41 New York Rangers NHL 44 8 10 18 20 3 0 0 0 0
1941-42 Detroit Red Wings NHL 7 0 0 0 0
1941-42 Boston Bruins NHL 43 7 10 17 19 5 0 1 1 0
1942-43 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1942-43 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 8 6 14 4 5 1 0 1 4
1942-43 Washington Lions AHL 2 0 1 1 0
1942-43 San Diego Skyhawks Exhib.
1943-44 New York Rangers NHL 50 18 22 40 15
1944-45 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 20 16 36 20 6 1 1 2 4
1945-46 Montreal Canadiens NHL 45 7 11 18 4 9 4 2 6 2
1946-47 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 64 13 16 29 37 12 2 3 5 12
1947-48 Kitchener Dutchmen OHA-Sr. 19 15 12 27 20 9 2 4 6 8
1948-49 Los Angeles Monarchs PCHL
NHL Totals 383 91 113 204 163 48 9 8 17 21


EAHL Second All-Star Team (1938) Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, February 24, 1938. Claimed on waivers by Detroit from NY Rangers, April 8, 1941. Traded to Boston by Detroit with $5,000 for Pat McReavy, November 24, 1941. Traded to Montreal by Boston for cash, August 15, 1942. Loaned to NY Rangers by Montreal with John Mahaffy, Fern Gauthier, Charlie Sands and future considerations (Tony Demers, December, 1943) for the loan of Phil Watson, October 27, 1943. Traded to Toronto (Pittsburgh - AHL) by Montreal (Buffalo - AHL) with Vic Lynn for John Mahaffy and Gerry Brown, September 21, 1946.
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