Ex-Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller settles in nicely with Calgary Flames

Jonas Hiller
Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller will face his former team, the Ducks, on Tuesday night in Calgary.
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There probably won’t be a tell-all book from Calgary Flames goalie Jonas Hiller about his Anaheim days.

Hiller looked amused by that notion when he was chatting with a handful of reporters Monday morning after practice. He will start against his former team, the Ducks, on Tuesday night in Calgary.

“I’m probably not going to write a book, in the first place. Probably no one wants to buy it anyway,” he said.

Book talk was inspired by questions about the one recently authored by his former Ducks teammate, the legendary Teemu Selanne. Selanne was quite tough in his criticism of Anaheim Coach Bruce Boudreau.


Hiller, who had his own issues with Boudreau about his playing time in the second half of last season, said he knew that Selanne was unhappy about the way he was treated in Anaheim.

“I was surprised he would write it,” Hiller said. " ... It’s tough not to talk about it. But a few weeks, a few months later, you look back and you might second-guess or think, ‘Well, I don’t know if it was appropriate [to write it].’

“But at the same time, if you just write about the good things in hockey, it’s not really telling the true story. It’s kind of nice and also important that somebody also tells that side, if somebody doesn’t have faith in you and doesn’t want you to have success, it’s tough to have success.

“I’ve been happy or fortunate here -- I feel like people want me to have success and that definitely helps to go out there and play well.”


Hiller had one seven-start stretch with the resurgent Flames in which he won six games and lost another in a shootout. He is 8-4-1 with a goals-against average of 2.30.

His signature game of the season was at Chicago on Oct. 15, when he made 49 saves in leading the Flames to a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks.

This will be Hiller’s first game against his former teammates.

“I’m definitely excited to play those guys,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be a little more special than a usual game. But at the end, we want to win two points. It doesn’t really matter who we play.”

Flames Coach Bob Hartley couldn’t say enough good things about the way Hiller has helped the Flames in the first quarter of the season

“I look at Jonas Hiller’s season last year, until the Olympics, I felt that he was very, very good,” Hartley said. “He was the Jonas Hiller that we know. ... I’m not here to do the autopsy of what went wrong in Anaheim. I wasn’t there. It’s not my job to comment on this.

“What I know is how fortunate we are to have him and [goalie] Karri Ramo. Whenever you can get an established goalie, a goalie that proved he can win some hockey games, knowing how important that position is, he’s a big big part of this turnaround. I love him. He’s a great person, a great worker. He’s an unbelievable goalie.

“We’re a big family. It’s all about the team. We know a goalie in hockey, like a quarterback in football, a pitcher in baseball, they can make the difference and he did it in many games.”