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ISLANDERS INK JACK HILLEN

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
The New York Islanders have agreed to terms on a 2-year contract with Jack Hillen, the leading scorer among defensemen in NCAA Division I hockey.


The 22-year old Hillen, who completed four years at Colorado College by being named Defenseman of the Year in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 2007-08, will join the Islanders for practice on Wednesday and could make his NHL debut later this week. The Islanders host the New York Rangers on Thursday at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and play the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

In 41 games this season with Colorado College, the 5-11, 200-pound native of Minnesota had six goals and 31 assists for a Division I-leading 37 points among defensemen.

"We are very proud that Jack made the decision to join the Islanders," said general manager Garth Snow. "He was one of the prized college free agents for good reason. He is an excellent puck-moving defenseman and our scouting staff is really impressed by his competitive spirit. Jack Hillen becomes a major addition to our list of top prospects."

“I liked the way Garth Snow and Islanders management came after me with honesty and a commitment,” Hillen said this afternoon, soon after signing his contract. “They are building a team around a core of exciting young players. I know Kyle Okposo well from playing against him and he had many glowing things to say about how the organization has treated him. The Islanders were the perfect fit for me.”


JACK HILLEN STAT BOX


Position: Defenseman
Born: January 24, 1986 in Minnetonka, MN (Age 22)
Height: 5-11
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left

                                                                                                           

Regular Season                                                              

Season

Team

League

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2003-04

Tri-City

USHL

21

2

2

4

16

2004-05

Colorado

NCAA

30

2

9

11

20

2005-06

Colorado

NCAA

42

4

9

13

48

2006-07

Colorado

NCAA

38

7

8

15

38

2007-08

Colorado

NCAA

41

6

31

37

60



HILLEN LINKS

Jack Hillen’s Colorado College Team Bio


Inside College Hockey Interview with Jack Hillen from March 19, 2008

Hillen named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week from March 4, 2008

Hillen Finds a Home at Colorado College

Hillen, Colorado College Clean Up at Awards

 


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