The New York Islanders announced today that Thomas Hickey has been claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings.
Hickey, 23, has appeared in 33 American Hockey League games this season with the Manchester Monarchs, scoring 12 points (three goals, nine assists) with a plus-4 rating. In 212 career AHL games with the Monarchs, the Calgary, AB, native has 75 points (14 goals, 61 assists) with a plus-24 rating. Hickey was selected to his first AHL All-Star Game in 2012.
Los Angeles selected Hickey in the first round (4th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. The 5’11, 190-pound defenseman played a four-year junior career with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. He totaled 177 points (39 goals, 138 assists) in 262 career WHL games and was named to the WHL West First All-Star Team in 2008 and 2009.
On the international stage, Hickey played for Team Canada at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships, winning gold both years and serving as team captain in 2009. He also represented Canada-Pacific at the 2006 World Hockey Challenge.