Well, folks, hockey season is nearly upon us. And I can’t help but notice, Obscure Athletes has fallen behind on its profiles of obscure hockey players. We’re gonna try and fix this starting today with our focus on former NHL forward Andy Hilbert.
Hilbert attended the University of Michigan, and was drafted after two years in Ann Arbor, in the second round by the Bruins. He tore up the minor leagues immediately, starring for the Providence Bruins of the AHL. Hilbert made his NHL debut for Boston in 2002, at the age of 20. He played six games with Boston that year, scoring a goal and averaging 11:34 TOI.
Andy Hilbert never enjoyed serious playing time at the NHL level until 2005, the year after he left Boston. He played 28 games for the Blackhawks in 2005, but was later claimed by the Penguins, where he finished out the ’05-’06 season. After 19 games with Pittsburgh, Hilbert signed with the Islanders in the offseason, inking the deal on the Fourth of July in 2006.
Hilbert’s greatest NHL success came with the Islanders, for whom he played three seasons. He posted 62 points in three years–pretty mediocre numbers, right? Hilbert would later appear in four games for the Minnesota Wild before finally hanging up the pro skates in 2010. Given how great he was in the minors, one might have to call Andy Hilbert a bust. But around here, we call him a great Obscure Athlete!