2015-16 Season: Thomas Hickey’s year started with a pair of injuries, but ended with a pair of big-time overtime winners.
After separate upper and lower-body injuries cost Hickey most of the first two months of the season, Hickey wound up setting a career-high with six goals in 62 games. The later the season went on, the more impactful those goals were.
Hickey scored the OT winner against the Washington Capitals to clinch a playoff berth, as well as the winner in a thrilling Game 3 comeback win over the Florida Panthers. Hickey led Islanders defenseman in playoff scoring with five points (1G, 4A).
The 189 lbs. defenseman also had the hit of the year as voted by Islanders fans - an impressive feat on a team featuring two of the most prolific hitters in the NHL - when he drilled Jonathan Drouin in Game 3 against Tampa Bay.
Highlight Reel Moment: Hickey hits Jonathan Drouin in Game 3 vs. Tampa Bay (May 3, 2016)
The Look Ahead: Thomas Hickey’s biggest moments came in the biggest moments last season, elevating his game for the stretch drive and postseason. The 27-year-old showed what type of impact he could have on a game and on a series last year, the type of gamebreakinig plays that had him drafted fourth overall in 2007 and captaining the gold-medal winning Canadian junior team in 2009.
Hickey said last spring was eye-opening for him and his goal for the season is to have that same impact throughout 82 games. He won’t throw Drouin-type hits on the Dustin Byfuglien’s of the world, but he plays with an active stick and isn’t afraid to go into the corner with anyone either.