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Wild signs LW Andy Hilbert

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Andy Hilbert to a 2009-10 contract and assigned him to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Wild also assigned center Nathan Smith to the Houston Aeros today. The Wild’s roster currently stands at 22 active players and one player on injured reserve.

Hilbert, 28 (2/6/81), was invited to Wild training camp on a tryout and appeared in six preseason games with Minnesota. The 5-foot-11, 184-pound forward has collected 104 points (42-62=104) in 303 NHL contests in parts of six seasons with Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders. He recorded a career-high 11 goals and added 16 assists in 67 games with the Islanders in 2008-09. Hilbert has represented the United States in three World Junior Championships (1999, 2000, 2001) and three World Championships (2002, 2004, 2006). The native of Lansing, Mich., played two seasons at the University of Michigan (1999-2001) and was named to the CCHA First All-Star Team in 2001. Hilbert was also named to the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2002 and the AHL Second All-Star Team in 2005. He was originally selected by the Boston Bruins in the second round (37th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

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