Bob Dill is one of those relatively rare athletes who successfully combined a two sport professional career. While the basketball-baseball combination such as Gene Conley is the more common example, Dill made his mark in both hockey and baseball.
The St. Paul native started in both sports at Cretin High School. After graduation, he played the ice sport in Florida's little known Tropical Ice Hockey League and then moved into the Eastern Amateur League with Baltimore where he was a teammate of United States Hockey Hall of Fame enshrinee Bill Moe. Originally a forward, it was at Baltimore that he was converted to defense and there remained for his nine years in professional hockey.
Dill turned professional with Springfield of the American Hockey League and played there and at Buffalo for two and one half years. In January 1944, the New York Rangers gave up four players to Buffalo to get the fighting Irishman and he played there through the end of the 1944-45 season. A nephew of Mike Gibbons, a former boxer, Dill had that flaming Irish spirit and never evaded collisions though he carried only 188 pounds on his 5'8" frame.
Returning to his native Minnesota, Dill played five outstanding seasons with the St. Paul Saints of the United States Hockey League. In both 1946-47 and 1949-50, he was a first team all star while in 1948-49 he anchored the defense as the Saints won the league playoff championship. Always an offensive minded defenseman, Dill enjoyed his finest goal scoring season in 1948-49 when he scored 15 goals. Retiring after the 1949-50 season, the converted forward continued his hockey ties through service with the Minnesota North Stars as a scout.