Jonas Hiller

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Jonas Hiller
Euro Hockey Challenge, Switzerland vs. Russia, 22nd April 2017 69.JPG
Hiller in 2017
Born (1982-02-12) 12 February 1982 (age 37)
Felben-Wellhausen, Switzerland
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
NL team
Former teams
EHC Biel
HC Davos
HC Lausanne
HC La Chaux-de-Fonds
Anaheim Ducks
Calgary Flames
National teamFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2001present

Jonas Hiller (born 12 February 1982) is a Swiss professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for EHC Biel of the National League (NL). Hiller has previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks, the latter with which he began his NHL career with in 2007 after going undrafted in any NHL Entry Draft.

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Goaltender person who blocks the goal in ice hockey

In ice hockey, the goaltender or goalie or goalkeeper is the player responsible for preventing the hockey puck from entering their team's net, thus preventing the opposing team from scoring. The goaltender usually plays in or near the area in front of the net called the goal crease. Goaltenders tend to stay at or beyond the top of the crease to cut down on the angle of shots. In today's age of goaltending there are two common styles, butterfly and hybrid. Because of the power of shots, the goaltender wears special equipment designed to protect the body from direct impact. The goalie is one of the most valuable players on the ice, as their performance can greatly change the outcome or score of the game. One-on-one situations, such as breakaways and shootouts, have the tendency to highlight a goaltender's pure skill, or lack thereof. No more than one goaltender is allowed to be on the ice for each team at any given time. Teams are not required to use a goaltender and may instead opt to play with an additional skater, but the defensive disadvantage this poses generally means that the strategy is only used as a desperation maneuver when trailing late in a game or can be used if the opposing team has a delayed penalty.

EHC Biel

EHC Biel is a professional ice hockey club based in the bilingual city of Biel/Bienne, Switzerland and plays in the National League (NL). Since the city of Biel is completely bilingual, alongside the German name EHC Biel the team also has a French name, HC Bienne. The team plays its home games in the 6,521-seat Tissot Arena.


Playing career

As a youth, Hiller played in the 1996 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a team from Zürich. [1]

Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament

The Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament is an annual minor ice hockey event in Quebec City. The event was founded in 1960 to coincide with the Quebec Winter Carnival, and give an opportunity to players under 12 years of age to have international competition. The tournament raises funds for the local Patro Roc-Amadour foundation, and is mostly run by volunteers and a few staff. The event takes place each year in February at the Videotron Centre, and previously spent 56 seasons at the Quebec Coliseum. As of 2018, the event has showcased the talent of over 1,200 future professionals in the National Hockey League or the World Hockey Association.

Zürich Place in Switzerland

Zürich or Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zürich. It is located in north-central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zürich. The municipality has approximately 409,000 inhabitants, the urban agglomeration 1.315 million and the Zürich metropolitan area 1.83 million. Zürich is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Both Zürich Airport and railway station are the largest and busiest in the country.

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.[ citation needed ]

HC Davos ice hockey team

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Spengler Cup annual invitational ice hockey tournament held in Davos, Switzerland

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Hiller with the Ducks in 2012 Jonas Hiller Ducks 2012-02-15.JPG
Hiller with the Ducks in 2012

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

Los Angeles Kings hockey team of the National Hockey League

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England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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Ducks general manager Brian Burke quickly felt Hiller was ready to become full-time backup to Jean-Sébastien Giguère, and as a result, placed 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.[ citation needed ]

Brian Burke (ice hockey) American ice hockey player

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Jean-Sébastien Giguère Canadian ice hockey player

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Ilya Bryzgalov ice hockey player

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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 16 April 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.[ citation needed ]

The 2008–09 NHL season was the 92nd season of operation of the National Hockey League (NHL). It was the first season since prior to the 2004–05 lockout in which every team played each other at least once during the season, following three seasons where teams only played against two divisions in the other conference. It began on October 4, with the regular season ending on April 12. The Stanley Cup playoffs ended on June 12, with the Pittsburgh Penguins taking the championship. The Montreal Canadiens hosted the 57th NHL All-Star Game at the Bell Centre on January 25, 2009, as part of the Canadiens' 100th season celebration.

2009 Stanley Cup playoffs

The 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs of the National Hockey League began on April 15, 2009, after the 2008–09 regular season. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, play a best-of-seven series for the conference quarterfinals, semifinals, and championships, and then the conference champions will play a best-of-seven series for the Stanley Cup. The Columbus Blue Jackets made their first appearance in the playoffs in their nine-year history. Previously they had been the only franchise to have not made the playoffs. Also, home teams set a record by going 13-2 in the openers of all the series combined. There were no playoff games played in the Province of Ontario as this was the first time that the modern Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs both missed the playoffs in the same year. This was the most recent time that the Carolina Hurricanes were in the playoffs until 2019.

San Jose Sharks hockey team of the National Hockey League

The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The franchise is owned by San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises. Beginning play in the 1991–92 season, the Sharks initially played their home games at the Cow Palace, before they moved to their present home, the SAP Center at San Jose in 1993. The SAP Center is known locally as the Shark Tank.

Midway through the next season, on 30 January 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.[ citation needed ]

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.[ citation needed ]

On 1 July 2014, after his contract had expired with Anaheim, Hiller signed a two-year contract as an unrestricted free agent with the Calgary Flames at an annual average of $4.5 million. [2] 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 7 of the Flames' 11 2015 playoff games. In Game 6 in the first round of the playoffs, he was pulled in favour of backup Karri Rämö after conceding two goals on three shots. Hiller started Game 1 of the second round against his former team, the Ducks, but was again pulled in favour Rämö. Rämö was in goal the rest of the series as the Flames lost in five games.[ citation needed ]

Hiller struggled throughout the 2015–16 season, recording a 9–11–1 record with a 3.51 GAA. Calgary opted not to re-sign Hiller or Rämö, instead acquiring Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues after the season to replace them.[ citation needed ]

On 19 April 2016, Hiller agreed to a three-year contract with EHC Biel of the Swiss National League A (NLA) worth CHF 2.1 million. [3]

Vertigo-like symptoms

Hiller earned a spot in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, held in Raleigh, North Carolina, on 30 January. On 2 February, 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 13 February, 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 24 March.[ citation needed ]

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.[ citation needed ]

In August 2011, Hiller said he was symptom-free. [4] Ellis was retained as the team's backup goaltender.[ citation needed ]

International play

Hiller with Switzerland during the 2010 Winter Olympics. JonasHiller2010WinterOlympicsbreak - cropped.png
Hiller with Switzerland during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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, where Switzerland finished in ninth place, losing to Latvia in the qualification playoffs.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

Hiller is fluent in English, German and French.[ citation needed ] He is a butterfly style goaltender.[ citation needed ]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
2003–04 HC Lausanne NLA 133717094213.55
2003–04 HC La Chaux-de-Fonds NLB 101060404.00
2004–05 HC Davos NLA432612425239482.24151239323402.19
2005–06 HC DavosNLA422215525519842.3015969004513.00
2006–07 HC DavosNLA4428160265611532.601912711383932.05
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 23107112234202.06.927
2007–08 Portland Pirates AHL 63213701302.11.929
2008–09 Anaheim DucksNHL462315124869942.39.91913768073022.23.943
2009–10 Anaheim DucksNHL5930234333815222.73.918
2010–11 Anaheim DucksNHL4926163267211452.56.924
2011–12 Anaheim DucksNHL73293012425318242.57.910
2012–13 Anaheim DucksNHL26156414985912.36.9137344391812.46.917
2013–14 Anaheim DucksNHL5029137290912052.48.911622219802.19.906
2014–15 Calgary Flames NHL5226194287111312.36.9187333221402.61.919
2015–16 Calgary FlamesNHL26911113517913.51.879
2016–17 EHC Biel NLA4722223280312722.72.9165143071402.74.924
2017–18 EHC BielNL4724153280510922.33.92611656173103.01.887
NHL totals3781881293621,249881222.49.91733151517877032.35.930

Awards and honours

Jacques Plante Trophy 2002, 2005, 2007 [ citation needed ]
Champion (HC Davos)2005, 2007[ citation needed ]
MVP2007[ citation needed ]
All-Star Game 2011 [ citation needed ]

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