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BILL HICKE (1958-1965)

Bill
Hicke

1952-1963
Position R
Shoots L
Weight 165lbs
Height 5'8"
Date of birth March 31st, 1938
Place of birth Regina, SK, CAN
Deceased on July 18th, 2005
Seasons - MTL 7
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 318 69 100 169 0 176
1959-1960 43 3 10 13 0 17
1960-1961 70 18 27 45 0 31
1961-1962 70 20 31 51 0 42
1962-1963 70 17 22 39 0 39
1963-1964 48 11 9 20 0 41
1964-1965 17 0 1 1 0 6
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 31 3 6 9 0 35
1958-1959 1 0 0 0 0 0
1959-1960 7 1 2 3 0 0
1960-1961 5 2 0 2 0 19
1961-1962 6 0 2 2 0 14
1962-1963 5 0 0 0 0 0
1963-1964 7 0 2 2 0 2
Regina native Bill Hicke was a sensation in his first professional campaign. Playing for the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans, he lit the lamp 41 times, assisted on 56 goals and took home enough silverware to fill a shelf.

Named 1958-59’s Rookie of the Year, Hicke captured the league scoring title and split AHL MVP honors with teammate, Rudy Migay. He also had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, the result of playing his first NHL game with the Canadiens that postseason.

Touted as the youngster who would replace The Rocket, Hicke joined a team already deep on the right side with veterans Bernard Geoffrion and Claude Provost also gracing the roster. He appeared in 43 contests during the 1959-60 regular season, picking up 13 points and adding three more in seven postseason games, playing a far bigger role in his second Stanley Cup run than he had a year earlier.

Maurice Richard’s retirement cleared the way for Hicke to take a regular shift. Playing in every game on the Canadiens schedule for the next three seasons, he recorded 135 points on 55 goals and 80 assists, peaking with a 20-goal, 51-point effort in 1961-62.

A solid two-way player who put up more than respectable numbers and played a clean, skilled game, Hicke emerged as a competent, reliable performer but, like most players cursed with a “next big thing” label, was unable to fill the superstar-sized skates the fans had chosen for him.

Limited to only 43 games in 1963-64, Hicke saw action in 17 the next season, his diminished ice time the result of the blossoming of fellow right wing, Robert Rousseau.

The imminent arrival of Yvan Cournoyer revitalized and solidified Montreal’s right side for the foreseeable future. It also hastened Hicke’s departure. In December 1964, he was dealt to the New York Rangers in a trade that saw Dick Duff added to the Habs, solidifying the left side for the next few seasons.

Claimed by the Seals in the 1967 NHL expansion draft, Hicke spent three seasons in Oakland, later skating for the Pittsburgh Penguins and retiring after a 1972-73 season spent with the WHA Alberta Oilers.
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Traded to NY Rangers by Montreal with the loan of Jean-Guy Morissette for remainder of 1964-65 season for Dick Duff and Dave McComb, December 22, 1964.