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Thomas Hickey, New York Islanders

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Thomas Hickey

 

Thomas Hickey was elected by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round (4th overall) of the 2007 National Hockey League Draft. Agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Los Angeles on July 17, 2008. Agreed to a one-year deal with Los Angeles on July 17, 2012.

 

Hickey was claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders on January 15, 2013 and made his NHL debut 12 days later on Jan. 27 against the Winnipeg Jets. Hickey has totaled 86 points (17 goals, 69 assists) in 340 games over five seasons with the Islanders.

 

Over his career in New York, Hickey has proven to be a clutch performer for Isles. Hickey tallied his first NHL goal in overtime on Feb. 21, 2013 at Montreal. This season Hickey scored two overtime game-winning goals moving him into third place all-time on the New York Islanders' overtime goals list (behind Okposo and Tavares). Of Hickey's four goal this season, two came in the form of overtime game-winners.

 

Last season, Hickey's overtime goal on April 5 vs the Washington Capitals clinched a playoff berth for the Islanders for second time in as many seasons. Hickey stayed clutch in the post-season for the Isles as he scored the overtime game-winner in Game 3 vs. the Florida Panthers in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Of Hickey's 17 career NHL goals, six have been game-winners.

 

Last Season

Matched his career high with 22 points, including a career-best 20 assists in 81 games during his third season with the Islanders...Led all Islanders defensemen in games played and finished fourth in points and assists...The Islanders went 15-3-0 when he recorded a point...Blocked 136 shots, the second most on the team...Missed his only game of the season on Nov. 24 vs. Washington due to illness, ending his consecutive games-played streak at 103...Recorded two points (1g/1a), including the overtime winner on Dec. 2 vs. Ottawa...Appeared in his 200th NHL game on Apr. 7 at Philadelphia

 

Career

2013-14: Established career highs in goals (4), assists (18), points (22), penalty minutes (34) and games (82) during his second season with the Islanders...Led the Islanders with a plus-5 rating... Was the only Islander to appear in all 82 games...Tied for the lead among Islanders defensemen in goals and finished second in points and assists...Had a three-point night (1g/2a) with a plus-4 rating on Dec. 29 at Minnesota...Had an assist and a plus-4 rating on Jan. 23 vs. Pittsburgh, becoming the first Isles defenseman with multiple plus-4 games in a season since Roman Hamrlik (2002-2003)...Appeared in his 100th NHL game on Feb. 27 vs. Toronto. 2012-13:Recorded four points (1g/3a) in 37 games during his rookie campaign with the Islanders...Finished second on the team in plus-minus (+9)...Made his NHL debut on Jan. 27 at Winnipeg...Scored his first NHL goal in overtime on Feb. 21 at Montreal...Recorded his first career assist and two-point game (2a) on Mar. 5 vs. Montreal...Appeared in 33 games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League during the NHL lockout, scoring 12 points (3g/9a) with a plus-4 rating. 2011-12: Posted AHL career-highs in assists (23), points (26) and plus-minus (+16) during his third season with Manchester...Led the team with a plus-16 rating...Was one of two players to appear in all 76 regular season games for Manchester...Named to the AHL Eastern Conference All-Star roster... Appeared in all four games of the 2012 Calder Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, recording a team-high four assists...Awarded the Monarchs Community Service Award along with teammate Andrew Campbell. 2010-11: Scored 24 points (6g/18a) in 77 games with Manchester during his second AHL season...Set a career high with six goals...Served as an alternate captain...Recorded a team season-high, four-game assist streak (4a) from Dec. 10-17 and had points in five straight games from Dec. 10-18...Registered two assists in seven games during the 2011 Calder Cup Atlantic Division Semifinals. 2009-10:Recorded six points (1g/5a) in 19 games during his first professional season with Manchester (AHL)…Missed 55 games with an upper-body injury…Posted three assists in four games during the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs...Missed 12 playoff games with a lower-body injury. 2008-09: Recorded seven points (1g/6a) and two penalty minutes in seven games with Manchester after concluding his junior career with the Seattle Thunderbirds (Western Hockey League)...Made his professional debut with Manchester on Apr. 1 vs. Lowell, recording two assists.

 

NHL Playoffs

2015: Played in all seven games of the Islanders’ First Round series against Washington...Co-led the team with a plus-5 rating... Recorded an assist. 2013: Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, appearing in two games during the Islanders’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Pittsburgh.

 

International

Won consecutive gold medals with Team Canada at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships, serving as captain of the 2009 club...Played for Canada-Pacific at the 2006 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and was named a First-Team All-Star..

 

Junior

2008-09: Scored a career-high 51 points (16g/35a) with a plus-37 rating in 57 games with Seattle during his fourth WHL season...Served as team captain…Led Seattle defensemen in scoring and ranked 10th among WHL defensemen and fifth among Western Conference blueliners...Named to the WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team for the second straight season...Appeared in five playoff games with Seattle, recording three points (2g/1a).  2007-08:  Recorded 45 points (11g/34a) with a plus-20 rating in 63 games with Seattle…Led team defensemen in goals, assists and points...Named a WHL First-Team All-Star...Added 10 points (1g/9a) in nine playoff games, finishing second on the team in postseason scoring.  2006-07: Scored 50 points (9g/41a) in 68 games during his second WHL season with Seattle...Named a WHL Second-Team All-Star...Led the team in assists and finished third overall in points and first among defensemen...Tied for eighth among WHL defensemen in points and sixth in assists...Added seven points (3g/4a) in 11 playoff games.  2005-06: Led Seattle defensemen in points as a WHL rookie, scoring 28 (1g/27a) in 69 games...Named Seattle’s Rookie of the Year...Recorded four points (1g/3a) in seven WHL Playoff games.  2004-05: Made his WHL debut with Seattle, scoring three points (2g/1a) in five games late in the season.

 

American Special Hockey Association (ASHA)

Thomas Hickey is a proud supporter of the American Special Hockey Association.  During the 2014-15 hockey season, Hickey was introduced to the ASHA through fellow teammate Matt Carkner.  The past two seasons Hickey has worked with local Special Hockey organizations such as the Long Island Blues and has created VIP experiences at Islanders games.  Hickey’s guests are treated to rink-side seats and get a chance to meet with the Islanders defenseman after games.  During the post game meet and greet experience Hickey tours the Islanders locker room with his guests, signs autographs and take pictures.

 

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