Sean Hill (ice hockey)

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Sean Hill
Born (1970-02-14) February 14, 1970 (age 49)
Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Ottawa Senators
Carolina Hurricanes
St. Louis Blues
Florida Panthers
New York Islanders
Minnesota Wild
EHC Biel
National teamFlag of the United States.svg  United States
NHL Draft 167th overall, 1988
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 19912009

Sean Ronald Hill (born February 14, 1970) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for eight different teams. He won the Stanley Cup in 1993 with the Montreal Canadiens.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

Defence in ice hockey is a player position whose primary responsibility is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. They are often referred to as defencemen, D, D-men or blueliners. They were once called cover-point. A good defenceman is both strong in defensive and offensive play and for defenceman pairing also need to be good at defending and attacking.

National Hockey League North American professional ice hockey league

The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

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Playing career

Hill was drafted in the 8th round, 167th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft from Wisconsin Badgers and was a member of the United States 1992 Winter Olympic Team. On October 8, 1993, Hill scored the first goal in the history of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in a 2-7 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. In August 2006 he signed a one-year contract with the Islanders.

Montreal Canadiens National Hockey League team in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Montreal Canadiens are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The 1988 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Forum in Montreal, Quebec.

Wisconsin Badgers Intercollegiate sports teams of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Wisconsin Badgers are the athletic teams representing the University of Wisconsin–Madison. They compete as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level, primarily competing in the Big Ten Conference for all sports since the 1896–97 season. The women's ice hockey team competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), while the men's and lightweight women's crew team compete in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC).

Suspension

On April 20, 2007, Hill became the first player to be suspended for abusing the performance-enhancing substance policy the NHL and NHLPA have put in place. Hill began the mandatory 20-game suspension in Game 5 of the Islanders' Eastern Conference Quarter-Final versus the Buffalo Sabres. The Islanders lost the game and were eliminated from the playoffs. Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said that he supported the league's decision to suspend Hill. [1] Hill, who was signed by the Minnesota Wild as a free agent in July 2007, would be required to sit out the first 19 games of the 2007–08 season without pay. In July, Hill claimed that he passed both a lie detector test, and independent drug test regarding his substance abuse. [2] [3] In a statement, the Wild said, "We believe Sean did not knowingly take any banned performance-enhancing substance." [4] Hill returned to the lineup on November 21, 2007, after completing the 20-game suspension. [4]

Buffalo Sabres National Hockey League franchise in Buffalo, New York

The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was established in 1970, along with the Vancouver Canucks, when the league expanded to 14 teams. They have played at KeyBank Center since 1996. Prior to that, the Buffalo Sabres played at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium from the start of the franchise in 1970. The Sabres are owned by Terry Pegula, who purchased the club in 2011 from Tom Golisano.

Garth E. Snow is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender and former general manager, president and alternate governor of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Minnesota Wild American professional ice hockey team

The Minnesota Wild are a professional ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Wild were the only Minneapolis–Saint Paul area major professional sports league franchise to play in Saint Paul until Minnesota United FC moved to their new home, Allianz Field, in 2019. The other three teams play in Minneapolis.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1986–87 Lakefield Chiefs COJHL 311214
1987–88 Duluth East Greyhounds HS-MN 24101727
1988–89 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 452232569
1989–90 University of Wisconsin–MadisonWCHA4214395378
1990–91 University of Wisconsin–MadisonWCHA37193251122
1990–91 Montréal Canadiens NHL 10000
1990–91 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 30222
1991–92 United States Intl1243716
1991–92 Fredericton CanadiensAHL42720276571346
1991–92 Montréal CanadiensNHL41012
1992–93 Fredericton CanadiensAHL613410
1992–93 Montréal CanadiensNHL312685430004
1993–94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL687202778
1994–95 Ottawa Senators NHL451141530
1995–96 Ottawa SenatorsNHL807142194
1996–97 Ottawa SenatorsNHL50004
1997–98 Ottawa SenatorsNHL131126
1997–98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL4205548
1998–99 Carolina HurricanesNHL540101048
1999–2000 Carolina HurricanesNHL6213314459
2000–01 St. Louis Blues NHL4811011511501112
2001–02 St. Louis BluesNHL2303328
2001–02Carolina HurricanesNHL4972330612344820
2002–03 Carolina HurricanesNHL8252429141
2003–04 Carolina HurricanesNHL8013263984
2004–05 DNP — Lockout NHL
2005–06 Florida Panthers NHL782182080
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL811242511040000
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL342792850004
2008–09 EHC Biel NLA 4731720112
NHL totals87662236298100855551042

International

YearTeamEventGPGAPtsPIM
1990 United States WJC 703310
1992 United States OG 82026
1994 United States WC 80226
Senior totals1622412

Awards and honors

AwardYear
All-WCHA Second Team 1989–90
WCHA All-Tournament Team 1990 [5]
All-WCHA Second Team 1990–91
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 1990–91
WCHA All-Tournament Team 1991 [5]

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References

  1. "Islanders' Hill suspended 20 games". 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
  2. Pates, Kevin. "Sean Hill claims Isles sold him down river". NEW YORK ISLANDER FAN CENTRAL. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  3. Ratgen, Brad (2007-07-06). "Wild Sign Defenseman Sean Hill, Controversy Notwithstanding". HockeyBuzz.com. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  4. 1 2 "Defenseman Hill returns from suspension for Wild". 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
  5. 1 2 "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-26.