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March 31, 1938|
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
July 18, 2005 (aged 67)|
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||164 lb (74 kg; 11 st 10 lb)|
New York Rangers
California Golden Seals
William Lawrence "Bill" Hicke (March 31, 1938 – July 18, 2005) was a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger. A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Hicke played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Oakland Seals/California Golden Seals and Pittsburgh Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1959 and 1960. Hicke's younger brother is Ernie Hicke.
Hicke played junior hockey with the Regina Pats in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) from 1954 to 1958, Memorial Cup runners-up for three of those years. He joined the Montreal Canadiens from 1958 to 1965, including stints for Montreal's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate the Rochester Americans during the 1958-59 and 1959-60 seasons, and the Cleveland Barons during 1964-65. Traded to the New York Rangers in 1964, he 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.
From 1993 to 1994, Hicke coached and managed the Regina Pats. In 2005, he was awarded the WHL's Governor Award. Hicke died in his native Regina, Saskatchewan, at the age of 67, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Awards and achievements
- 1959 Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award winner (Rochester) (AHL)
- 1959 John B. Sollenberger Trophy winner (Rochester)
- 1959 Les Cunningham Award winner (Rochester)
- 1959 Stanley Cup Championship (Montreal) (NHL)
- 1960 Stanley Cup Championship (Montreal)
- 1959 NHL All-Star (Montreal)
- 1960 NHL All-Star (Montreal)
- 1969 NHL All-Star (Oakland)
- 1995 Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame inductee
|1956–57||Regina Pats||SJHL||Statistics Unavailable|
|1964–65||New York Rangers||NHL||40||6||11||17||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|1965–66||New York Rangers||NHL||49||9||18||27||21||—||—||—||—||—|
|1966–67||New York Rangers||NHL||48||3||4||7||11||—||—||—||—||—|
|1970–71||California Golden Seals||NHL||74||18||17||35||41||—||—||—||—||—|
|1971–72||Fort Worth Wings||CHL||34||9||10||19||51||7||0||5||5||12|
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- "Former Canadiens forward Bill Hicke dead from cancer | CBC Sports". CBC. CBC Sports. 20 July 2005. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
- "William "Bill" Hicke - Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame". Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 22 July 2018.