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HICKEY NAMED FIRST-TEAM ALL-STAR

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Seattle, March 20, 2008 - Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman Thomas Hickey was named a Western Conference First Team All-Star today.

Hickey, from Calgary, Alberta, is in his third season with the T-Birds and had 11 goals and 34 assists for 45 points this season. He was selected by the Los Angeles Kings with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

"Thomas has developed into a dominant defenseman in our league and we are happy to see this recognized with his selection to the First All Star team in our conference," said T-Birds General Manager Russ Farwell. In his three seasons with the T-Birds, Thomas has played in 205 games and has 23 goals and 103 assists.

Hickey was a member of Team Canada that won a gold medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic.

The T-Birds are currently preparing for their first round playoff series against the Kelowna Rockets which starts on Friday, March 21, at 7:35 p.m. at KeyArena.

The T-Birds finished fourth in the Western Conference with a 42-23-5-2 record. The Rockets finished fifth in the Western Conference with a 38-26-2-6 record.

The T-Birds have home-ice advantage in the first round best-of-seven series.

First Round Schedule
Game 1 - Friday, March 21 vs. Kelowna at KeyArena at 7:35 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, March 22 vs. Kelowna at KeyArena at 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 - Monday, March 24 at Kelowna at Prospera Place at 7 p.m.
Game 4 - Tuesday, March 25 at Kelowna at Prospera Place at 7 p.m.
Game 5 - Thursday, March 27 vs. Kelowna at KeyArena at 7:05 p.m.*
Game 6 - Saturday, March 29 at Kelowna at Prospera Place at 7 p.m.*
Game 7 - Tuesday, April 1 vs. Kelowna at KeyArena at 7:05 p.m.*
*If necessary

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