1954-55 Red Wings: Larry Hillman

Larry Hillman

THE LARRY HILLMAN FILE:

Born: February 5, 1937

Position: Defense

NHL games played: 790 (69 with Red Wings)

1954-55 stats: 6 GP; G: 0; A: 0; 2 PIM

CAREER: GP: 790; G: 36; A: 196; PIM: 579

Larry Hillman has the distinction of being the youngest player to ever have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.

Hillman, a defenseman, was 18 years, two months and nine days old when his name appeared on the Cup in 1955.

Despite only getting into six regular season games in 1955, Hillman played in three playoff games that spring, going pointless.

He wasn’t a Red Wing for very long (two-plus seasons). In fact, Hillman was never really anything for very long.

He did play eight years in Toronto, winning another Cup in 1967, which was the last time the Maple Leafs were Stanley Cup champions.

But other than the eight-year stint in Toronto, Hillman was well-traveled, playing for eight NHL teams and two WHA clubs in a professional career that spanned 22 years.

Along the way, Hillman managed to find himself on no less than six Cup-winning teams.

His younger brother, Wayne, who was also a defenseman, played 17 seasons in the NHL and WHA.

Larry Hillman coached the Winnipeg Jets during the last two seasons of the WHA’s existence (1977-79).

NEXT WEEK: Gordie Howe. Enough said.

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