John Melvin Hill (born February 15, 1914 in Glenboro, Manitoba – April 11, 1996) was a right winger who was perhaps best known for his record three overtime goals in a playoff series in the 1939 playoffs which earned him the moniker, "Sudden Death".
Hill started playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League in 1937–38, and played only six games, scoring two goals. The next season he scored ten goals and had twenty points, but it was in the playoffs that year that he rose into prominence. In the semi-finals that year against the New York Rangers, he scored three sudden-death overtime goals to help the Bruins knock off the Rangers and go on to win the Stanley Cup. All in all, he had six goals and nine points in twelve games in the playoffs that year.
Hill was traded to the Brooklyn Americans for cash on June 27, 1941. He only played one season in Brooklyn as the team folded, but he scored 37 points in 47 games there. After the season his rights were transferred to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the dispersal draft. The 1942–43 proved to be Hill's best in the NHL, as he scored seventeen goals and forty-four points in forty-nine games. He would go on to produce for the Leafs for three more seasons, before moving down to the Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey League.
He finished his career with the senior Regina Capitals for three seasons (1948-51).
Hill ended his NHL career with 89 goals and 198 points in 324 games, and managed to win three Stanley Cups - Boston Bruins in 1939 & 1941 and Toronto in 1945.
Awards & Achievements Edit
- Mel Hill's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Mel Hill's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Mel Hill's biography at Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
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