Ducks goalie Hiller says free of vertigo, set to return

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller is symptom-free after battling vertigo last season and expects to challenge for the starting job in training camp next month, the National Hockey League All-Star said on Friday.

Hiller, who was having a solid campaign last season but was limited to just three games after February 1 because of recurring vertigo symptoms, said he has been training on and off the ice for the past month.

"I'm happy to be feeling better and looking forward to getting back with my team mates," the Swiss goalie said in a statement released by the Ducks. "It's been a long process but I feel great, and I'm ready to help this team win."

Hiller was pulled during a February 2 game when he allowed three goals on 10 shots. He returned February 13 to shut out the Edmonton Oilers but symptoms reappeared and after one more attempt at a comeback he was shut down for the season.

He finished the season with a 26-16-3 record and .924 save percentage for a Ducks team that ended fourth in the Western Conference and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Anaheim open their training camp September 17 and begin their regular season away to the Buffalo Sabres on October 7.

(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Frank Pingue)