Jim Hiller played four years at Northern Michigan University and was an integral part of their 1991 NCAA National Championship team. Jim was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1989. Between 1992 and 1994 he played in the NHL for the LA Kings, Detroit Red Wings, and the NY Rangers, as well as spending some time in the AHL and IHL. In 1995/96 he played for the Canadian National Team. Jim continued his career in Europe playing for teams in Germany and Italy before retiring in 2002. Jim began his coaching career in 2002 as the assistant coach of Tri-City Americans. He then became the head of coach of Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL where he posted a record of 43-12-2. The next season he was selected to coach the expansion Chilliwack Bruins of the WHL. After three years in Chilliwack, Jim was named head coach of the Tri-City Americans in 2009.