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Former Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller retires from hockey

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The Swiss netminder was integral part of Anaheim in the late 2000s and early 2010s

NHL: MAY 08 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Second Round - Ducks at Kings - Game 3 Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Former Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller has retired from professional hockey, according to his Swiss league club EHC Biel-Bienne.

The Ducks official account followed it up by confirming the retirement and thanking him for his contributions to the franchise.

Hiller was signed by Anaheim as an undraftred free agent in 2007. He made his NHL debut during the season opener in London, beating the Los Angeles Kings 4-1.

After backing up longtime goaltender J.S. Giguère, Hiller was named the starter ahead of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where he turned in one of the greatest performances the franchise had ever seen. Hiller played 13 games, putting up an astounding .943 SV% before the Ducks were eliminated in seven games in the second round by the Detroit Red Wings.

Hiller became the Ducks number one goaltender when the team traded Giguère to the Toronto Maple Leafs in January of 2010, which he held until the debut of Frederik Andersen.

During the 2011 All Star Game, Hiller was hit in the head by two shots. A few days later, he began to feel consistently lightheaded and dizzy. It was revealed that he was suffering from vertigo, and played few games while newly acquired backups Dan Ellis and Ray Emery played both the majority of the rest of the regular season as well as all of the playoff games.

Hiller struggled with inconsistent play the rest of his time with Anaheim, and eventually signed a two year contract with the Calgary Flames ahead of the 2014-15 season, where he continued relatively inconsistent play for the next two seasons before leaving the NHL for his home Swiss National League A.

Hiller finished his NHL career playing 404 games between Anaheim and Calgary with a 197-140-37 record, including a .914 SV% and a 2.55 GAA with a 54.09 GSAx according to Evolving-Hockey.