Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Larry Hillman
Larry Hillman was one of the most traveled professional hockey players to ever sit aboard a train, a bus or eventually, an airplane. During his 22-year pro career, Hillman competed with 15 clubs.

He started out in Kirkland Lake where the boys at his school would frequently take on Honoured Member Dick Duff's gang one day and Ralph Backstrom's the next. Hillman soon began to rise to the top of the town and on to the OHA where he played for the Windsor Spitfires and the Hamilton Tiger Cubs.

In 1955, Hillman launched his NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings where he played in three playoff games en route to a Stanley Cup win. He made it to the finals again the following season and then settled into a familiar pattern of bouncing between the AHL and the NHL.

Hillman's basic steadiness on the blueline made him a desirable commodity for slotting into the gaps opened up as a result of injuries and slumps. In 1957, he put in three seasons with the Bruins and then spent most of the sixties toiling for the Leafs and the Rochester Americans. His reward for Leaf loyalty came in the form of two Stanley Cup wins, one in 1964 and the other in 1967.

By the late 1960s, Hillman's nomadic tendencies continued with brief stints in Minnesota, Montreal, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and finally, in Buffalo. n 1973, he jumped to the WHA's Cleveland Crusaders before having his career cut short in Winnipeg as a result of a contract dispute with the Jets. After the ugly squabble was resolved, the club hired him as their head coach for two additional seasons.

By the end of his well-travelled career, Hillman had captured a remarkable six Stanley Cups through 1955-69 with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1952-53 Windsor Spitfires OHA-Jr. 56 2 4 6 39
1953-54 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 58 6 14 20 99 7 0 2 2 10
1954-55 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 49 5 20 25 106 3 0 1 1 9
1954-55 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0
1955-56 Detroit Red Wings NHL 47 0 3 3 53 10 0 1 1 6
1955-56 Buffalo Bisons AHL 15 1 3 4 21
1956-57 Detroit Red Wings NHL 16 1 2 3 4
1956-57 Edmonton Flyers WHL 46 4 2 6 87 8 0 4 4 2
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 70 3 19 22 60 11 0 2 2 6
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 55 3 10 13 19 7 0 1 1 0
1959-60 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 1 1 2
1959-60 Providence Reds AHL 70 12 31 43 159 5 0 1 1 4
1960-61 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 62 3 10 13 59 5 0 0 0 0
1961-62 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 0 0 0 4
1961-62 Rochester Americans AHL 26 1 14 15 16
1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 0 0 0 2
1962-63 Springfield Indians AHL 65 5 23 28 56
1963-64 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 33 0 4 4 31 11 0 0 0 2
1963-64 Rochester Americans AHL 32 1 18 19 48
1964-65 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1964-65 Rochester Americans AHL 71 9 43 52 98 10 3 5 8 31
1965-66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 3 25 28 34 4 1 1 2 6
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 22 2 20 22 34
1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 4 19 23 40 12 1 2 3 0
1966-67 Rochester Americans AHL 12 1 12 13 16
1967-68 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 3 17 20 13 +7
1967-68 Rochester Americans AHL 6 0 1 1 0
1968-69 Minnesota North Stars NHL 12 1 5 6 0 -8
1968-69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 25 0 5 5 17 -2 1 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 5 26 31 73 -9
1970-71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 3 13 16 39 +9 4 0 2 2 2
1971-72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 22 1 2 3 11 -7
1971-72 Buffalo Sabres NHL 43 1 11 12 58 -21
1972-73 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 5 24 29 56 -3 6 0 0 0 8
1973-74 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 44 5 21 26 37
1974-75 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 77 0 16 16 83 5 1 3 4 8
1975-76 Winnipeg Jets WHA 71 1 12 13 62 12 0 2 2 32
NHL Totals 790 36 196 232 579 74 2 9 11 30


Brother of Floyd and Wayne
AHL First All-Star Team (1960, 1965)
Eddie Shore Award (AHL - Outstanding Defenseman) (1960) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1955, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968)
Claimed by Chicago from Detroit in Intra-League Draft, June 5, 1957. Claimed on waivers by Boston from Chicago, October 14, 1957. Claimed by Toronto from Boston in Intra-League Draft, June 8, 1960. Claimed by NY Rangers from Toronto in Intra-League Draft, June 12, 1968. Claimed by Minnesota from NY Rangers in Intra-League Draft, June 12, 1968. Claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh from Minnesota, November 22, 1968. Traded to Montreal by Pittsburgh for Jean-Guy Lagace and cash, November 22, 1968. Claimed by Philadelphia from Montreal in Intra-League Draft, June 11, 1969. Traded to Los Angeles by Philadelphia for Larry Mickey, June 13, 1971. Traded to Buffalo by Los Angeles with Mike Byers for Doug Barrie and Mike Keeler, December 16, 1971. Selected by Ontario-Ottawa (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Cleveland (WHA) by Ottawa (WHA) for cash, June, 1973. Claimed by Winnipeg (WHA) from Cleveland (WHA) in WHA Intra-League Draft, June 19, 1975.