Floyd - known as Bud to his friends - did not seem to mind. Like his brothers, hockey was a way out of the cold winters and the mines and the mills of Northern Ontario.
First Floyd was off to Oshawa, where he garnered a reputation in junior hockey for his fierce bodychecking and his dogged determination.
After graduating from junior he would spend the next decade playing all over the minor leagues - everywhere from Quebec to Providence to Victoria. But some of his best days were spent in Windsor, Ontario where he played senior hockey. The Windsor Bulldogs would win the Allan Cup as Canada's senior amateur champions in 1963 - Hillman's second to last season of his career.
Hillman worked for Chrysler while in Windsor, though in reality he was paid $150 a week just to stay in town and play hockey. He never really had to do much work for the car company. But life after hockey comes all too soon for every hockey player. Hillman was forced to find a new trade to master. He became a barber.