Pat Hickey

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Pat Hickey
Born (1953-05-15) May 15, 1953 (age 61)
Brantford, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
Played for WHA
Toronto Toros
NHL
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

Patrick Joseph Hickey (born May 15, 1953 in Brantford, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who played 10 seasons in the NHL for the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Quebec Nordiques and St. Louis Blues.

Playing career[edit]

Pat Hickey played his junior hockey with the Hamilton Red Wings of the OHA from 1970 to 1973. Hickey was drafted 30th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft and 18th overall by the Toronto Toros of in the 1973 WHA Amateur Draft. His nickname was "Hitch". He played 646 career NHL games, scoring 192 goals and 212 assists for 404 points. With the Toros, Hickey became a big hit on the scoreboard and among the fans. As one of hockey's fastest skaters, his long shock of blond hair tailed in the wind as he raced up ice, exciting fans. Few wingers could move as quickly either from a standing start or in added acceleration. During his two seasons of World Hockey, he matured into an excellent two-way player. Such development didn't go unnoticed by the Rangers who still held his NHL rights. So in 1975-76, he made his debut on Broadway. Hickey was a popular player during his time with the NY Rangers. Initially, he joined Walt Tkaczuk and Bill Fairbairn on a line but then switched to a trio that included Rick Middleton and Derek Sanderson. In his third year, Hickey caught fire, netting 40 goals by the end of the 1977-78 campaign. In 1978, when the Rangers acquired Swedish stars Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson from the WHA's Winnipeg Jets, Hickey was selected to play on a line with them in part because of his speed and scoring ability. Hickey would later be part of a high scoring line in Toronto, along with Rick Vaive and Bill Derlago.

In 1978, Pat was selected to represent Team Canada on a World Cup medal winning team.

  • Selected by New York Rangers round 2 #30 overall 1973 NHL Amateur Draft.
  • Selected by Toronto Toros round 2 #18 overall 1973 WHA Amateur Draft.

Legacy[edit]

  • Ranked no. 78 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

Career statistics[edit]

    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 0 0 0 0 0
1971–72 Hamilton Red Wings OHA 58 21 39 60 78 0 0 0 0 0
1972–73 Hamilton Red Wings OHA 61 32 47 79 80 0 0 0 0 0
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 0 0 0 0 0
1976–77 New York Rangers NHL 80 23 17 40 35 0 0 0 0 0
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 0 0 0 0 0
1979–80 Colorado Rockies NHL 24 7 9 16 10 0 0 0 0 0
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 0 0 0 0 0
1981–82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981–82 New York Rangers NHL 53 15 14 29 32 0 0 0 0 0
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 0 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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Post-Hockey Career[edit]

Patrick 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, Mr. 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.

Patrick has been extensively involved in developing youth outreach programs. He founded a New York City after school program "Ice Hockey in Harlem" in 1986 that blends academics and sport. Patrick 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. Pat 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.

Patrick J. Hickey is an Investment Advisor and Registered Institutional Representative with RBC Dominion Securities and has been based in Hamilton, Ontario for 17 years. Mr. Hickey has been a member of the Executive Council and designated “Miracle Maker” annually with Children’s Charities since 1997. His responsibilities for new business development at RBC Dominion Securities have led to active wealth management of sophisticated clients. Patrick brings a cross-border approach to varied clients who include high-net-worth families, executives, private and public corporations, and venture capitalists with significant dollars under management.

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