Dutch Hiller

This is Wilbert Hiller, universally known as "Dutch" Hiller thanks to the strong Dutch population in his hometown of Kitchener, Ontario, even though he was not Dutch at all.

He was also universally hailed as the fastest man on skates.

"Nobody could keep up with Dutch. Nobody," proclaimed Frank Boucher, Hiller's coach with the Rangers.

Hiller was best known as a New York Ranger, playing on a line with Alf Pike and Snuffy Smith when the Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1940. In his nine year career he also played with Boston, Detroit and twice with Montreal, winning another Stanley Cup in 1946

Hiller scored 91 goals and 113 assists in 383 regular-season games in the NHL. He was primarily a defensive player, though his production increased to around the 20 goal mark during the World War II.

After finishing his hockey career in 1947 with a season with AHL Pittsburgh, Hiller eventually relocated to Los Angeles where he was the Kings' long time goal judge.

Dutch Hiller died at the age of 90 on November 12th, 2005, just days after the Hockey Hall of Fame arranged for a special surprise for him - a visit from the Stanley Cup.


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