ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Jack Hillen to a two-year, $1.4 million contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Hillen will earn $700,000 in both 2013-14 and in 2014-15.
Hillen, 26, has registered one assist and 10 penalty minutes in 10 games with the Capitals this season. Hillen currently ranks eighth on Washington in average ice time per game (18:21) after missing 25 games with an injury.
The Minnetonka, Minnesota, native recorded six points (two goals, four assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 55 games with the Nashville Predators last season. He finished the season eighth on Nashville in plus/minus (plus-six) and tied for eighth in blocked shots (65). Hillen made his NHL playoff debut last season, appearing in two games of the Western Conference quarterfinal series vs. Detroit.
Hillen has collected 57 points (10 goals, 47 assists) and 139 penalty minutes in 240 career NHL games with the New York Islanders, Nashville and Washington. He posted career highs in goals (four), assists (tied; 18), points (22) and penalty minutes (45) during the 2010-11 campaign with the Islanders and tallied one assist in six games with the United States during the 2010 World Championships.
The 5’10”, 190-pound blueliner spent four seasons with Colorado College of the WCHA. Hillen earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, WCHA First All-Star Team and NCAA (West) First All-American Team honors during his senior season in 2008. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Islanders on April 1, 2008.