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Hillman rejoins Walleye

Action photo of Blake Hillman

Toledo, Ohio – Defenseman Blake Hillman has agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2021-2022 season.

Hillman returns to the Walleye after playing for South Carolina this past season, where he posted 11 points (3g-8a) in 43 contests. He split his time between Toledo and the American Hockey League during the 2019-20 season. He played 35 games for the Walleye, where he racked up 13 points (1g-12a) and eight penalty minutes. The 25-year-old added 12 games in the AHL, skating in five games with Grand Rapids and seven with Stockton. 

Hillman was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft out of the University of Denver. The Elk River, Minnesota native made his professional debut by skating in four games for the Blackhawks at the end of the 2017-18 season that saw him collect his first pro goal on April 4, 2018 at St. Louis. Hillman spent the 2018-19 season with Rockford in the AHL, appearing in 54 games with four points (1g-3a) and 20 penalty minutes.

In his three years at the University of Denver, he skated in 123 games with seven goals, 24 assists, and 84 penalty minutes. In total, he was a plus-24 for the Pioneers. Hillman’s best college year came in the 2017-18 season when he posted 12 points (3G, 9A) with 52 penalty minutes in 41 games while skating as a plus-six. He helped lead the Pioneers to the 2017 Frozen Four Championship as a sophomore when Denver defeated Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 in the championship contest. Hillman collected the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA West Regional in 2016 when he picked up four points (2G, 2A) in two games that included a game-winning goal over Ferris State.