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Hiller, member of 1940 team, dies at age 90

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Dutch Hiller, who played left wing on the New York Rangers' 1940 Stanley Cup championship team, died in Glendale, Calif., at age 90 on Nov. 12.

Hiller died at Verdugo Hills Hospital, according to Crippen Mortuary in La Crescenta, Calif. He is survived by daughters Patricia Ornelas, of Montrose, Calif., and Rosemarie Anderson of St. George, Utah, two granddaughters and nine great-grandchildren.

Considered one of the fastest skaters of his era, Hiller -- whose first name was Wilbert -- played five seasons with New York (1938-41, '44). He also played for Boston, Detroit and Montreal, where he won the Stanley Cup again in 1946 - the final year of a nine-season NHL career in which he scored 91 goals and 113 assists in 385 games.

After retiring in 1947, the Kitchener, Ontario, native relocated to California and went on to coach the Los Angeles Monarchs of the Pacific Coast Hockey League for two seasons. He also worked as a goal judge for the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.

Hiller's death leaves only two surviving players from the 1939-40 New York Rangers team. They are Clint Smith, 91, and Alf Pike, 88.
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