Thomas Hickey was recalled on emergency basis from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Thursday morning and joined the New York Islanders in Ottawa.
Hickey has played 14 games for the Sound Tigers this season, as his year has been limited by injuries. Hickey recently returned to action on Feb. 22 after missing nearly three months with a lower-body injury. This is Hickey's first recall of the season since clearing waivers on Oct. 1, 2019 and being assigned to Bridgeport.
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Given the nature of an emergency recall, Hickey can only play if one of the Islanders' current defensemen is unable to play vs the Senators on Thursday night. With Johnny Boychuk recovering from a skate cut to his eyelid, the Islanders were left with six healthy defensemen. If he plays, Hickey has plenty of NHL experience, with 449-career games with the Islanders - 12th all-time among Isles defensemen - recording 115 points (22G, 93A) over that span.