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Thomas Hickey
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Born February 8, 1989 (1989-02-08) (age 30)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 184 lb (83 kg; 13 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team New York Islanders
NHL Draft 4th overall, 2007
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2009–present

Thomas Hickey (born Thomas Robert Hickey on February 8, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Thomas joined the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2004–05 in a limited role for 5 games. The following season (in 2005–06), he tallied 28 points as a rookie.

In his draft year, in 2006–07, he improved to 9 goals and 50 points. He was then drafted in the off-season by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, fourth overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

On July 17, 2007, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings. Attending the Kings' training camp, he was returned to the Thunderbirds on September 21, 2007, for a third junior season.

During the 2008–09 season, Thomas suffered an ankle injury that required surgery after the season ended. In November 2009, he suffered a shoulder injury that would also require surgery and keep him off the ice until April 1, 2010.

One game before the Monarchs would begin their playoff run for the 2009–10 season, he sprained his ankle and was unable to play again until the semi-finals, when the Monarchs lost to the Hershey Bears. During his time with the Monarchs, Thomas was named an alternate captain.

On January 15, 2013, Thomas was claimed off waivers from the Kings by the New York Islanders. He immediately joined the team during the 2012–13 training camp. He made his NHL debut with the Islanders on January 27, 2013, against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre.

On February 21, 2013, he scored his first NHL goal, an overtime winner against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

In the 2015–16 season, Thomas scored the overtime winner against the Washington Capitals, and with that goal the Islanders clinched a playoff spot in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Just two weeks later, he scored his first playoff goal in Game 3 in overtime against the Florida Panthers on a pass from Brock Nelson, giving the Islanders a 2–1 series lead.

On July 1, 2018, he signed a four-year contract with the Islanders.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 5 2 1 3 5
2005–06 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 69 1 27 28 53 7 1 3 4 10
2006–07 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 68 9 41 50 70 11 3 4 7 4
2007–08 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 63 11 34 45 49 9 1 9 10 4
2008–09 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 57 16 35 51 30 5 2 1 3 4
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 7 1 6 7 2
2009–10 Manchester Monarchs AHL 19 1 5 6 12 4 0 3 3 0
2010–11 Manchester Monarchs AHL 77 6 18 24 38 7 0 2 2 0
2011–12 Manchester Monarchs AHL 76 3 23 26 36 4 0 4 4 2
2012–13 Manchester Monarchs AHL 33 3 9 12 12
2012–13 New York Islanders NHL 39 1 3 4 8 2 0 0 0 2
2013–14 New York Islanders NHL 82 4 18 22 34
2014–15 New York Islanders NHL 81 2 20 22 26 7 0 1 1 2
2015–16 New York Islanders NHL 62 6 12 18 30 11 1 4 5 8
2016–17 New York Islanders NHL 76 4 16 20 35
2017–18 New York Islanders NHL 69 5 20 25 24
2018–19 New York Islanders NHL 40 0 4 4 33 4 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 2 2 2 4 0
NHL totals 449 22 93 115 190 24 1 5 6 12

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada WJC Template:Goca 7 0 1 1 4
2009 Canada WJC Template:Goca 6 0 3 3 2
Junior totals 13 0 4 4 6

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2008 Czech Republic
Gold 2009 Canada

During his third year of major junior, Thomas was chosen to represent Canada for the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic, where he helped Canada to a fourth consecutive gold medal.

He was selected the next year for the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa as the team captain, returning with John Tavares, P.K. Subban and Zach Boychuk from the previous year's team.

In the third game of preliminaries, he was chosen as Canada's player of the game in a 5–1 win against Germany. Canada went on to beat Sweden in the finals for the third straight year to capture its fifth consecutive WJHC gold medal.

AccoladesEdit

Award Year
WHL
West Second All-Star Team 2007
West First All-Star Team 2008, 2009
AHL
All-Star Game 2012

Personal LifeEdit

Thomas is a high school graduate of the Edge School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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