Hillman named Fuel’s head coach

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The expansion Indianapolis Fuel announced the signing of Scott Hillman to a multi-year agreement to become the first head coach of the club.

The Fuel will serve as the ECHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League and the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Hillman, 40, spent the last five seasons as head coach of the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League, leading the team to the CHL’s regular season championship in 2013-14. During his tenure in Missouri, the Mavericks qualified for the playoffs every season and compiled an impressive .607 winning percentage in their first five seasons of existence.

Prior to joining the Mavericks in 2010, Hillman was head coach for the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) where he led the team to two consecutive championships in 2008 and 2009, and was named the SPHL Coach of the Year in 2008-09.

Before joining the coaching ranks, Hillman enjoyed a nine-season professional career. An offensive defenseman, he was named the 2001-02 CHL Man of the Year, was a four-time CHL All-Star and retired as the Odessa Jackalopes’ all-time leader in games played (446) and assists (260). His offensive prowess also earned him distinction as the second leading scorer in club history with 326 points, and he ranks among the top scoring defensemen in CHL history.

A native of LaSalle, Ontario, he graduated from the University of Windsor and later received a Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Texas. Hillman was the leading scoring defenseman in University of Windsor Lancer history and led the Lancers to two consecutive trips to the National Championship Tournament while being named a 1999 1st Team All-Canadian.