Jack Hillen is riding a nice little wave of good fortune.
With his wife, Caitlin, due to give birth to the couple’s second child, the defenseman signed a two-year extension with the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. Saturday night, Knox Patrick Hillen was born. Sunday night, he recorded the first two-point game in more than two years.
All that in addition to the 27-year-old maintaining his role as a top-four defenseman for the Southeast Division-leading Caps.
Hillen, who signed a two-year deal worth $1.4 million, was just happy to have it out of the way, especially because he and his wife were expecting.
“I just wanted to get it settled and get it behind me so I can just concentrate on hockey and play the game,” he said April 2. “Stuff off the ice it’s nice when it takes care of itself and when that’s what happens, you can just focus on hockey and have fun playing.”
Hillen has consistently been playing top-four minutes since returning from injury March 16. Sunday night he assisted on two goals for the first two-point game of his Washington tenure and first of any kind since Feb 10, 2011, when he played for the New York Islanders.
Hillen’s most important life moment came at 6:30 Saturday night when Knox (7 pounds, 1 ounce) was born. Jack and Caitlin Hillen also have a 2-year-old, Finn.
“Everybody’s doing great. Good health, and that’s all you can ask for,” Hillen said during his first intermission interview on CSN Washington. “Certainly happy about it. It’s an exciting time in the Hillen household.”