Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Craig Hillier

3 NHL Games

December 22, 1998 Pittsburgh Penguins vs Los Angeles Kings. 0-3 loss.
April 5, 1999 Pittsburgh Penguins vs Buffalo Sabres. 1-3 loss.
April 8, 1999 Pittsburgh Penguins vs Philadelphia Flyers. 1-3 loss.

    The Pittsburgh Penguins used their first round draft pick of 1996 to select goalie Craig Hillier. At the time Hillier was projected to be the future of the crease for Pittsburgh. In 1998 the team signed him to an entry-level contract.

    Late December, 1998 the Penguins recalled Craig Hillier on an emergency basis. Tom Barrasso had gone down with a hip injury and the team was geographically too far away from their usual call up, JS Aubin. Hillier happened to be closer and dressed as Peter Skudra's backup.

    Early April, 1999 JS Aubin was sidelined with a strained hamstring. Craig Hillier was recalled to dress as his replacement and Peter Skudra's backup. After 2 games with the Penguins Hillier was returned to the minors because Tom Barrasso, who had been given time off to be with his cancer ridden father, had rejoined the club.

    A first round bust, Hillier played half a dozen years of pro hockey before retiring in 2004.

  • Wore #40 while a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Career stats from
Born  -- Cole Harbor, NS 
Height 6.01 -- Weight 185
Drafted by Pittsburgh Penguins - round 1 #23 overall 1996 NHL Entry Draft
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1994-95Ottawa 67'sOHL2402107869013.84672---
1995-96Ottawa 67'sOHL44062439117122.88241439680.892300
1996-97Ottawa 67'sOHL3617200789022.6623648490.9051010
1997-98Ottawa 67'sOHL462142587108162.502712410240.905900
1998-99Syracuse CrunchAHL36161919126413.9491868520.871---
1999-00Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL110052036104.151622410.870---
1999-00Johnstown ChiefsECHL50221215104.241201060.876---
1999-00Charlotte CheckersECHL30012110004.95020480.828---
1999-00Toledo StormECHL90237541106.561602090.836---
2000-01Wheeling NailersECHL191488962204.1941013910.863---
2002-03Geleen Smoke EatersHlnd3216
2003-04Columbus StarsUHL90243520002.764311670.893---
2003-04Corpus Christi RayzCHL130053934003.792703100.901---

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