NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 24: Jack Hillen #38 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena on September 24, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Today we wish a Happy Birthday to #38 of the Nashville Predators, defenseman Jack Hillen (I'm going to see if I can make this a regular bit around here). Picked up over the summer as a depth addition on the free agent market, Hillen has fit in pretty seamlessly with the organization, providing a veteran option during those times when the kids get a little too crazy back there.
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Did ya know...
- Hillen plays guitar (no wonder he came here).
- During his senior year at Colorado College, he not only picked up a slew of on-ice honors (WCHA Defenseman of the Year, WCHA 1st Team All-Star, NCAA West 1st Team All- American), but was recognized for his academic work as well (WCHA Scholar Athlete of the Year, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team). His degree is in Economics.
- Won the 2002 Minnesota State high school Championship.
Hillen's an opportunistic offensive presence at times, here scoring a goal back on December 6 against Phoenix which tied the game for the Preds; note the patience to use the time available and pick his target on the shot: