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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on August 15th, 2022

William Lawrence Hicke - Born March 31, 1938 in Regina, Saskatchewan – Died July 18, 2005 in Regina, Saskatchewan was a Canadian ice Hockey right winger and coach.

- Corbeau Cup Champion (Saskatchewan champion) 1955, 1956, 1958 with Regina Pats.
- Abbott Memorial Cup Champion 1955, 1956 and 1958 with Regina Pats.
Memorial Cup finalist 1955, 1956 and 1958.

- Prince of Wales Trophy Winner 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964 with Montreal Canadiens.

- Stanley Cup Champion 1959, 1960 with Montreal Canadiens

Hicke turned pro with the Rochester Americans for the 1958/59 season and set the American Hockey League / AHL on fire, scoring 41 goals, 56 assists during 69 regular season games, winning the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as rookie of the year, the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as scoring champion for the season and the Les Cunningham Award as AHL "Most Valuable Player" 1958-59. Hicke then made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens on April 16, 1959 vs the Toronto Maple Leafs, a playoff game at Maple Leaf Gardens in a 3-2 Montreal win. The Canadiens went on to win the 1959 Stanley Cup championship and Hicke got his name on the cup for playing that 1 game.

Hicke started the 1959/60 season in Rochester, and was called up to the Canadiens after 14 games. He scored his 1st NHL goal vs Gump Worsley of the New York Rangers on November 5, 1959 at 16:43 of the 2nd period at The Forum in a 8-2 Montreal win.

Traded to the New York Rangers in 1964, Hicke had stints with the Minnesota Rangers in 1965-66 and the Baltimore Clippers in 1966-67, but remained a Rangers product until being drafted by the Oakland Seals in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. Hicke played for the Seals until a 1971 trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In November 1971 Hicke was traded to the Detroit Red Wings but never played for the parent club, instead joining their affiliates the Tidewater Wings and Fort Worth Wings from 1971 to 1972.

Hicke then played a single season for the World Hockey Association / WHA Alberta Oilers in 1972-73 before retiring as a player.

William “Bill” Hicke was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.


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