Hiller played nine seasons in NHL, won two titles

Updated: November 17, 2005, 12:03 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Dutch Hiller, a left wing on the New York Rangers' 1940 Stanley Cup-winning team died in Glendale, Calif. He was 90.

Hiller died Saturday at Verdugo Hills Hospital, according to Crippen Mortuary in La Crescenta, Calif.

Considered one of the fastest skaters of his era, Hiller -- whose first name was Wilbert -- played five seasons with New York (1938-41, '44). The Rangers didn't win another championship until 1994.

Hiller also played for Boston, Detroit and Montreal, where he won another Stanley Cup title in 1946 -- his ninth and final NHL season.

Hiller, who had 91 goals and 113 assists in 383 regular-season NHL games, later coached the Los Angeles Monarchs of the Pacific Coast Hockey League for two seasons.

On Sept. 9, Hiller and friends spent time with the traveling Stanley Cup at a restaurant in La Crescenta where he had weekly breakfasts, said Kevin Shea of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Born in Ontario on May 11, 1915, Hiller is survived by daughters Rosemarie Anderson and Pat Ornelas.

A service will be held Friday at the First Baptist Church in La Crescenta.

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