|Assets:||Moved the puck quickly out of the defensive zone and was also extremely mobile. Limited his mistakes for the most part. If needed, he had the stamina to log big minutes.|
|Flaws:||Lacked the physicality required to keep forwards honest in the defensive zone. Didn't shoot the puck enough and also didn't take advantage enough of his mobility in the offensive zone.|
|Career Potential:||Mobile depth defenseman.|
|WCHA||Defensive Player of the Year||2007-08|
|NCAA||West First All-American Team||2007-08|
|WCHA||First All-Star Team||2007-08|
|1/01/2016||Announced his retirement.|
|4/11/2015||Missed the last 19 regular season games (concussion).|
|2/28/2015||Acquired from the Washington Capitals.|
|4/13/2014||Missed the last 9 regular season games (upper body injury).|
|3/29/2014||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/03/2014||Missed 60 games (tibia injury).|
|3/03/2014||Recalled from the Hershey Bears (AHL).|
|2/25/2014||Assigned to the Hershey Bears (AHL) for conditioning purposes.|
|10/08/2013||Tibia injury, injured reserve.|
|10/05/2013||Tibia injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|4/02/2013||Signed by the Washington Capitals to a two-year contract extension.|
|3/16/2013||Missed 25 games (upper body injury).|
|1/21/2013||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|7/03/2012||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Washington Capitals to a one-year contract.|
|8/08/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Nashville Predators to a one-year two-way contract.|
|6/27/2011||New York Islanders did not tender a qualifying offer.|
|4/10/2011||Missed the last 3 regular season games (shoulder injury).|
|4/06/2011||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|1/03/2011||Missed 1 game (personal reasons).|
|12/31/2010||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|12/03/2010||Missed 8 games (concussion).|
|12/02/2010||Concussion, sidelined indefinitely.|
|11/20/2010||Concussion, injured reserve.|
|11/13/2010||Concussion, sidelined indefinitely.|
|3/02/2010||Missed 9 games (broken jaw).|
|1/27/2010||Broken jaw, mid-March.|
|12/13/2009||Foot injury, day-to-day.|
|7/29/2009||Re-signed by the New York Islanders to a two-year contract.|
|4/14/2009||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|3/04/2009||Recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).|
|3/03/2009||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|2/05/2009||Recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).|
|1/22/2009||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|1/19/2009||Recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).|
|10/28/2008||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|4/01/2008||Signed by the New York Islanders to a two-year entry level contract.|
|2/28/2015||Carolina Hurricanes traded Tim Gleason to the Washington Capitals for Jack Hillen and a fourth-round pick in 2015.|
|7/03/2012||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Washington Capitals.|
|8/08/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Nashville Predators.|
|4/01/2008||Signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders.|
Jack Hillen (head) might be back Tuesday | 04/01/2014 3:23 PM
NewsJack Hillen (head) will be a "game-time decision" on Tuesday, according to Capitals coach Adam Oates.
ImpactHillen has missed two straight games. He has an assist in 13 contests this season.
Caps' Jack Hillen (upper body) out today | 03/29/2014 11:30 AM
NewsWashington defenseman Jack Hillen will sit out this afternoon's game against Boston with an upper body injury suffered when he collided with teammate Alex Ovechkin on Tuesday night.
ImpactHillen will be replaced in the lineup by John Erskine, who has not played since March 5. "It helps being a bigger guy," Oates said of Erskine's physical presence against the Bruins. "But you've got to move the puck, you've got to skate. We're at the day and age you've got to be able to do everything. You can't hide players. When John is feeling good with his leg I think he's one of our good defensemen."
Jack Hillen may be ready to play Saturday | 03/27/2014 4:37 PM
NewsJack Hillen (upper body) didn't skate on Thursday.
ImpactCoach Adam Oates said Hillen was not undergoing concussion protocol testing, which is a good sign. He might be available to play on Saturday. "Just sore from the hit," Oates said referring to Hillen's collision with teammate Alex Ovechkin. "Because we have a couple of days we told him to take another day off."
Hillen exits game after open-ice collision | 03/26/2014 10:53 AM
NewsJack Hillen was hurt during an open-ice collision with teammate Alex Ovechkin in the third period of Tuesday's game.
ImpactHillen was able to leave the ice on his own strength, but it also reportedly looked like he had initially lost consciousness. The Washington Capitals were in the process of evaluating him after the game.
Jack Hillen back with Caps after AHL stint | 03/03/2014 5:12 PM
NewsJack Hillen has been called up from his AHL conditioning stint.
Katie Carrera on Twitter
ImpactHe hasn't played since Oct. 3 because of a broken leg, but he's ready to return now. Hillen will probably fill in for Dmitry Orlov, who has been suspended for Washington's next two games.
Jack Hillen has two assists in AHL game | 03/03/2014 10:38 AM
NewsJack Hillen (leg) had a pair of assists in a rehab game for the Hershey Bears.
ImpactHillen suffered a broken leg on October 3 and played for the first time on Tuesday. He had a bad limp after the game but was much better on Sunday. "I feel a lot better after this game than I did the first game," Hillen said. "The first game [on Tuesday] I was limping pretty bad after, and now this one I feel a lot better. We'll see how I feel when I get home. The next morning is the key. If I feel better [Monday] I should be good to go." The Capitals play again on Wednesday and if all goes well, Hillen could be back in a Washington uniform.
Hillen's status for Thursday's game is unkown | 02/26/2014 4:28 PM
NewsJack Hillen (knee) is back with the Capitals after participating in a conditioning game with AHL Hershey on Tuesday.
ImpactHillen thinks he's almost ready to play for Washington, but doesn't think he'll return on Thursday. Capitals coach Adam Oates sounded more optimistic though. "We'll see how he feels in the morning," Oates said. "He's got to be ready to play. If he can play, he'll play. Obviously, we've got to listen to the player, but [Thursday] morning he may wake up and say, 'Wow, I feel better than I thought I would.'" Not counting the conditioning game, Hillen hasn't played since Oct. 3.
Hillen will start an AHL conditioning stint | 02/25/2014 11:17 AM
NewsJack Hillen (knee) will head to AHL Hershey on a conditioning stint.
ImpactHillen hasn't played since Oct. 3 because of a fractured right tibial plateau. Getting him back will be a nice boost for the Capitals as they fight for a playoff spot, but we can't recommend picking him up in standard leagues.
Jack Hillen (knee) is back skating with team | 02/20/2014 3:03 PM
NewsJack Hillen (knee) is participating in practices, but he's apparently still walking with a limp.
ImpactHe has been out of action since Oct. 3 because of a fractured right tibial plateau. Hillen is expected to take part in battle drills soon.
Jack Hillen is still skating at practice | 01/26/2014 11:02 AM
NewsJack Hillen, who has been out of action since October 3 with a fractured left tibial plateau, skated with his teammates in practice for the first time.
ImpactHillen hopes to return before the end of the season. "The X-rays look good, we've taken extra scans and everything is going pretty well. It's just tough to put a timeline on this type of injury," Hillen said. "I've got to keep working, keep skating. Every single time I skate I feel like I make improvements somewhere, which is a good thing. I'm happy with where I'm at, but I have pain every time I skate." There is no timetable for his return.
Jack Hillen (knee) resumes skating | 01/01/2014 2:15 PM
NewsJack Hillen (knee) skated a bit on Wednesday.
ImpactHillen has been sidelined since Oct. 3. "It's actually better than I thought it would be," Hillen said. "It's a first step." He's still not guaranteed to return before the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
Caps move Jack Hillen long-term injury list | 10/08/2013 3:51 PM
NewsJack Hillen (knee) has been placed on Washington's long-term injured reserve list.
ImpactHe is projected to miss four to six months after suffering a fractured left tibial plateau. Hillen was injured in the team's second game of the season.
Caps' Jack Hillen (knee) will miss 4-6 months | 10/05/2013 3:18 PM
NewsJack Hillen had successful surgery to repair a fractured tibial plateau and he's expected to be sidelined for four to six months.
ImpactThere wasn't any ligament damage to his knee, but surgery was required to reattach Hillen's fractured bone with screws and a metal plate. He was injured on Oct. 3 against Calgary on a hit from Lance Bouma.
Jack Hillen to miss months after surgery | 10/04/2013 1:20 PM
NewsJack Hillen (lower body) will undergo surgery Friday and coach Adam Oates expects the defenseman to be out of action for months.
ImpactThe Capitals haven't disclosed Hillen's injury, but it looked like he hurt his leg or knee after taking a hit from Calgary's Lance Bouma. Oates will use Alexander Urbom or Steve Oleksy in Hillen's place.
Jack Hillen will be out for 'a bit' | 10/04/2013 8:58 AM
NewsCapitals coach Adam Oates didn't shed much light on Jack Hillen's (knee) status following Thursday's game.
ImpactHillen left the contest after suffering a knee-on-knee collision. "He's going to be out for a bit," Oates said, "but I don't want to speculate." He had three goals and nine points in 23 games last season.
Jack Hillen departs with nasty injury | 10/03/2013 7:38 PM
NewsDefenseman Jack Hillen was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Flames due to an apparent knee injury.
Katie Carrera on Twitter
ImpactHillen was on the wrong end of a knee-on-knee collision with Calgary's Lance Bouma and was in noticeable pain as he was helped off the ice. It's too early to know the severity of the injury, but the scene on the ice doesn't leave us with much optimism.
Capitals sign Jack Hillen to 2-year extension | 04/02/2013 3:14 PM
NewsWashington Capitals sign Jack Hillen to two-year, $1.4 million contract extension.
Katie Carrera on Twitter
ImpactHillen is mostly a depth defenseman for the Caps and has spent most of the year dealing with an upper-body injury.
Jack Hillen feels better, still not cleared | 02/19/2013 2:00 PM
NewsJack Hillen (upper body) is feeling better but has not been cleared for contact.
Sky Kerstein on Twitter
ImpactHillen traveled with the Capitals to New York for Sunday's game against the Rangers but hasn't played since being hurt in the team's season opener on Jan. 19. If Hillen still hasn't been cleared for contact, it'll likely be another week at least before he's cleared to play.
Jack Hillen is travelling with the team | 02/17/2013 10:32 AM
NewsJack Hillen (upper body) has accompanied the team to New York for Sunday's contest against the Rangers.
Official website of the Washington Capitals
ImpactHillen has been sidelined with an upper body injury sustained in the second period of Washington's season-opening game at Tampa on Jan. 19. However, Hillen has done some skating in recent weeks, leading some to believe he might return sooner than originally thought. His status is listed as week-to-week.
Jack Hillen to sit another six to eight weeks | 02/08/2013 1:55 PM
NewsJack Hillen (upper body) will miss another six to eight weeks, according to GM George McPhee.
Katie Carrera on Twitter
ImpactHillen has done some skating in recent weeks, leading some to believe he might return sooner than originally thought. However, it appears it'll be at least the beginning of April before he returns.
Jack Hillen skates briefly at practice Weds. | 01/23/2013 4:18 PM
NewsJack Hillen (upper body) skated alone for roughly 20 minutes prior to Washington's optional skate on Wednesday.
ImpactHe suffered an apparent shoulder injury in the season opener against Tampa Bay and is currently on the team's injured reserve list. Coach Adam Oates noted his appearance on the ice as a bit of a surprise, so perhaps he'll be able to return sooner than expected. His status is listed as week-to-week.
Hillen is week-to-week with upper body injury | 01/21/2013 3:40 PM
NewsJack Hillen has been placed on the injured reserve list due to an upper body injury.
ImpactHillen sustained the ailment when he was hit by Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier on Saturday. The Capitals wouldn't go into details about the problem, but he is being listed as week-to-week.
Jack Hillen suffers an undisclosed injury | 01/19/2013 10:09 PM
NewsJack Hillen left Saturday's game after absorbing a hit from Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier.
ImpactHillen's left shoulder was smashed into the boards, but the exact nature of the injury is not known. He will not return and should be considered day-to-day for now.
|Assists||18||2 times-last: 2010-11 (NYI)|
|Penalty Minutes||45||2010-11 (NYI)|
|Power Play Goals||1||2009-10 (NYI)|
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