Pat Hickey (ice hockey)

Patrick Joseph Hickey (born May 15, 1953) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger who played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Quebec Nordiques and St. Louis Blues. Pat is the brother of Greg Hickey.

Pat Hickey
Born (1953-05-15) May 15, 1953 (age 67)
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Toros
New York Rangers
Colorado Rockies
Toronto Maple Leafs
Quebec Nordiques
St. Louis Blues
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 30th overall, 1973
New York Rangers
WHA Draft 18th overall, 1973
Toronto Toros
Playing career 1973–1985

Playing careerEdit

Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hickey was drafted 30th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft. Nicknamed "Hitch", Hickey was additionally drafted 18th overall in the 1973 WHA Amateur Draft by the Toronto Toros, for whom he played his first two professional seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA). Joining the Rangers for the 1975–76 NHL season, Hickey went on to play 646 career NHL games, scoring 192 goals and 212 assists for 404 points. A popular player during his time with the Rangers, Hickey was selected to play on a line with Swedish stars Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson after the Rangers acquired them from the WHA's Winnipeg Jets, in part because of his speed and scoring ability.

Hickey was later part of a high scoring line in Toronto, along with Rick Vaive and Bill Derlago.

Post-hockey careerEdit

Hickey began his financial service career as an account executive on Wall Street with the New York City investment banking firm of Drexel Burnham Lambert upon retirement from the National Hockey League in 1985. In 1988, he was appointed general manager of the Los Angeles Kings' American Hockey League (AHL) development program in New Haven, Connecticut and was subsequently awarded "Executive of the Year" honours in 1992. This award was based on his management of an independent franchise and initiation/completion of the AHL expansion plan. For six years, Hickey was active at the ownership level as well as serving the AHL on Finance, Marketing and NHL Liaison & Development committees as a League Governor.

Hickey has been extensively involved in developing youth outreach programs. He was an early volunteer supporting Dave Wilk who founded a New York City after school program "Ice Hockey in Harlem" in 1987 that blends academics and sport.[1] Hickey has developed numerous strategic alliances between the corporate community and charitable foundations as chair for fundraising events. He played a critical role in developing the NYR Seeing Kids Achieve, Triumph and Excel (S.K.A.T.E. Foundation, now Garden of Dreams Foundation), Brantwood Foundation and Ice Hockey in Harlem Foundation relationships with the financial services community. Hickey has served on the board of directors of Ice Theatre (of New York) International, Hillfield Strathallan College and is a Board Member of the New York Rangers Alumni Association and liaison to the NHL Alumni Board of Directors.

Hickey is an Investment Advisor and Registered Institutional Representative with RBC Dominion Securities and has been based in Hamilton, Ontario for 17 years. Hickey has been a member of the Executive Council and designated "Miracle Maker" annually with Children's Charities since 1997.

LegacyEdit

In the 2009 book 100 Ranger Greats, the authors ranked Hickey at No. 78 all-time of the 901 New York Rangers who had played during the team's first 82 seasons.[2]

Hickey is the founder of Ice Hockey in Harlem.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1970–71 Hamilton Red Wings OHA 55 15 17 32 46
1971–72 Hamilton Red Wings OHA 58 21 39 60 78
1972–73 Hamilton Red Wings OHA 61 32 47 79 80
1973–74 Toronto Toros WHA 78 26 29 55 52 12 3 3 6 12
1974–75 Toronto Toros WHA 74 35 34 69 50 5 0 1 1 4
1975–76 New York Rangers NHL 70 14 22 36 36
1976–77 New York Rangers NHL 80 23 17 40 35
1977–78 New York Rangers NHL 80 40 33 73 47 3 2 0 2 0
1978–79 New York Rangers NHL 80 34 41 75 56 18 1 7 8 6
1979–80 New York Rangers NHL 7 2 2 4 10
1979–80 Colorado Rockies NHL 24 7 9 16 10
1979–80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 45 22 16 38 16 3 0 0 0 2
1980–81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 16 33 49 49
1981–82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1981–82 New York Rangers NHL 53 15 14 29 32
1981–82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 7 0 1 1 4 15 1 3 4 21
1982–83 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 36 13 12 25 28 6 1 0 1 2
1982–83 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1983–84 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 9 11 20 24 11 1 1 2 6
1984–85 St. Louis Blues NHL 57 10 13 23 32 3 0 0 0 2
WHA totals 152 61 63 124 102 17 3 4 7 16
NHL totals 644 192 212 404 351 55 5 11 16 37

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rimer, Sara (12 December 1988). "So Feared in the N.H.L. That He's Loved in Harlem". New York Times. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ Cohen, Russ; Halligan, John; Raider, Adam (2009). 100 Ranger Greats: Superstars, Unsung Heroes and Colorful Characters. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0470736197. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  3. ^ Pat Hickey's profile at hockeydb.com

External linksEdit

Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database