Hillman bolts Denver blue line after junior year for NHL contract with Blackhawks

Blake Hillman of Denver, Colorado College at Denver, NCHC first-round playoffs, March 10, 2017. (Candace Horgan)
Blake Hillman tallied 12 points during the 2017-18 season from the DU back end (photo: Candace Horgan).

Denver junior defenseman Blake Hillman has signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks that will run through the 2018-19 season, and will forgo his senior season with the Pioneers.

Hillman finishes his college career with 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) in 123 games.

He was the Pioneers’ second-highest scoring defenseman during the 2017-18 season, logging 12 points (three goals, nine assists), 44 blocked shots and a team-leading 52 penalty minutes.

In 2016, Hillman was named Most Outstanding Player of NCAA West regional after recording four points (two goals, two assists) in the tournament.

Hillman was originally drafted by Chicago in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft.


  1. Has any D-1 team ever had four underclassmen sign consecutive NHL contracts within a 24-hour period? And they lose to Ohio State 5-1?? Coincidence or problems in the program??

      • I’d bet most Denver fans didn’t see themselves as underdogs — if anything they may believed they would roll OSU just like PSU.

        • No we didn’t see ourselves as underdogs. I thought it would be a tough game and felt dissed that we didn’t get the top seed in the region. Obviously those were misplaced ideals like throughout the season we were very inconsistent and we were coming in our longest winning streak of the season (5 games). Previously we never strung together more than 3. Definitely thought the game would be much closer. We lacked the will power and mental toughness that we had last year. That and Jaillet had an off game.

        • I was in Allentown and both fans, OSU and DU, thought the game would be a toss up. Both teams had chances, OSU capitalized and DU didn’t. Keeping DU off scoreboard, especially in first period, was their main objective. After the game, consensus from OSU fans was that this was their best game this year. Give OSU credit, they played terrific. Don’t know if Mark Seelye has ever seen a CH game, with his ridiculous joke of a remark about problems with the program. The only thing the 5-1 loss did was to end the season and allow the players to leave. Even if we repeated last years feat; Borgstrom, Terry and Gambrell were leaving at the end of the year anyway.

          • Very nice. Clean, great lighting, and people were friendly. One of the better arenas I’ve been to. Not real convenient to get to from DIA, though, Renaissance Hotel was fabulous. Only downside was the Sunday results. :-)


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