Ducks Acquire Left Wings Voros, Hillier from Rangers for Eminger
Friday, 07.09.2010 / 3:53 PM / News
Voros, 29 (7/2/81), played in 41 games with the New York Rangers in 2009-10, scoring 3-4=7 points with 89 penalty minutes (PIM). He had a career-high 8-8=16 points with 122 PIM in 54 games with the Rangers in 2008-09.
A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Voros made his NHL debut with Minnesota in 2007-08, scoring 7-7=14 points with 141 PIM in 55 games. He was nominated as the team’s 2008 Bill Masterton Trophy candidate by the Twin Cities chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association after overcoming a series of health-related obstacles at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The 6-3, 215 pound forward played college hockey at the school from 2001-2004, making the CCHA All Rookie Team in his first season (2001-02). During his sophomore season, Voros underwent leg surgery to remove bone cancer on Jan. 30, 2003, the first of several operations. He returned to play that same season.
Aaron Voros Highlights
Voros was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the eighth round (229th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft before being traded to Minnesota for a seventh-round selection in the 2008 NHL draft on Feb. 28, 2007. He signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2008. Voros has played in 150 career NHL games, scoring 18-19=37 points with 352 PIM.
Hillier, 22 (1/25/88), played 22 games in the ECHL and four AHL (American Hockey League) contests last season. In the ECHL, he played 15 games with Wheeling, scoring 2-3=5 points. Hillier also added 0-2=2 points in seven ECHL games with Charlotte. He went scoreless in four AHL games with Hartford, the Rangers’ primary AHL affiliate.
A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Hillier was drafted by the Rangers in the third round (84th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons in Halifax (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) from 2004-08, scoring a career-high 34-38=72 points with 55 PIM in 2007-08.
Eminger, 26 (10/31/09), played in 63 games with Anaheim last season, scoring 4-12=16 points with 30 PIM. He was signed by the Ducks as a free agent on Sept. 4, 2009. Eminger was drafted by Washington in the first round (12th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He played with Washington, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay before joining the Ducks. Eminger has played in 346 NHL games, scoring 15-70=85 points with 301 PIM.
Voros spoke to media via conference call Friday afternoon
I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to go to Anaheim and be in a situation I think it tailored for both sides. I know exactly how I have to play, the way that got me into the league and the reason why New York signed me to three years in the first place.
On his game
I think I play a pretty simple game with a lot of energy, a physical game. I’m willing to stick up for teammates and fight, just do whatever is needed. The reason I’m in the league is because I play a physical game, I finish my checks, I go to the net. I know what I need to do every game in order to be a good player. I’m just looking to bring that to Anaheim. The way Coach Carlyle likes his team run, I think my style of play fits in really well. I just need to play my game and I think I’ll be successful.
On what he knows about the Ducks
When I was in Minnesota, we played the Ducks quite a few times and they’re a tough team to play against. They’ve got that team toughness and every guy on the team played with grit. Guys aren’t going to back down and I know a lot of guys enjoy having that kind of personality on their team because that gibes your skill players a lot of room to maneuver and get their points. Anaheim is unique in that their skill players, like Getzlaf and Perry, play with a lot of vinegar also. Obviously I think I need to just play my game and bring what I bring every night consistently.
On being more than just a physical player
When you look at an NHL team these days, you can’t just be a tough guy. You have to be able to play. It’s like George Parros, obviously he’s one of the toughest guys in the NHL, but he’s also a pretty darn good player. Up and down your lineup, you have to have guys who are willing and that infects the rest of the team and they play with a lot of grit.