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Hiller with the Flames in 2014.
February 12, 1982 |
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Jonas Hiller (born February 12, 1982) is a Swiss professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the EHC Biel of the National League A (NLA). He has also played for the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks, the team he began his NHL career with in 2007 after going undrafted in any NHL Entry Draft.
While playing for HC Davos, Hiller won Switzerland's championship in 2002, 2005 and 2007, as well as the Spengler Cup in 2004 and 2006. In 2006–07, Hiller set a career-high win record with 28–16–0 in 44 games. Following the conclusion of the season, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the NHL's Anaheim Ducks in May 2007.
Then-Ducks General Manager Brian Burke quickly felt that Hiller was ready to become full-time backup to Jean-Sébastien Giguère, and as a result, placed then-backup Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers, where he was claimed 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, 2007–08.
Hiller recorded his first career NHL shutout in the 2008–09 season, defeating the Los Angeles Kings, 2–0. Following his strong regular season play, the Ducks named Hiller their starting goaltender for the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs over incumbent starter Giguère. Hiller started his first career playoff game on April 16, 2009, recording a shutout over the San Jose Sharks in a 35-save performance. He and the Ducks ousted the Presidents' Trophy-winning Sharks in six games, marking only the fourth time in NHL history that the Presidents' Trophy-winning team had been eliminated in the playoffs' first round. The Ducks next matchup was the second-seeded Detroit Red Wings, a series which Detroit won in seven games. Nonetheless, many felt that it was only due to Hiller's goaltending that the Ducks were able to take the defending Stanley Cup champions to seven games.
Midway through the next season, on January 30, 2010, Hiller signed a four-year contract extension with the Ducks going through to the 2013–14 season. The next day, the Ducks traded Giguère to the Toronto Maple Leafs, cementing Hiller's status as the Ducks' starting goaltender.
During the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Hiller helped the Ducks place second overall in the Western Conference. During the 2013 playoffs, however, 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, after his contract had expired with Anaheim, Hiller signed a two-year deal as an unrestricted free agent with the Calgary Flames at an annual average of $4.5 million per year. In his first season in Calgary, 2014–15, he emerged as the Flames' starting goaltender, partaking in most of the Flames' regular season games and seven of the Flames' eleven 2015 playoff games. In Game 6 in the first round of the playoffs, he was pulled off for Karri Ramo after giving up two goals on three shots. Hiller started Game 1 of the second round against his former team, the Ducks, but he was pulled in favour of backup Karri Rämö. Rämö was in goal the rest of the series as the Flames lost in five games.
Hiller struggled throughout the 2015-16, recording a 9-11-1 record with a 3.51 goals against average. Calgary opted not to re-sign Hiller or Ramo, acquiring Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues after the season to replace them.
Hiller earned a spot in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, held in Raleigh, North Carolina, on January 30. On February 2, after his first game returning from the All-Star weekend, Hiller felt lightheaded and was slow to react, allowing three goals on ten shots in the opening period of a 4–3 loss 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 the Nashville Predators 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 Nashville. Emery, an unrestricted free agent, eventually signed with the Chicago Blackhawks during the off-season.
In August 2011, Hiller said he was symptom-free. Ellis was retained as the team's backup goaltender.
Hiller played in goal for Switzerland at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Switzerland finished in eighth place, losing to the United States in the Quarterfinal round. He also played goalie for Switzerland in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where Switzerland finished in ninth place, losing to Latvia in the Qualification playoffs.
Awards and accomplishments
- Swiss Goaltender of the Year (2004–05)
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (2010–11)
Regular season and playoffs
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- "Deal done - Jonas Hiller signs three-year deal with EHC Biel". swisshockeynews.ch. 2016-04-19. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
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