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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Kings first pick, No. 4 overall, Thomas Hickey

Team: Seattle Thunderbirds
League: WHL
Ht: 5'11"
Wt: 182 lbs.
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb. 8, 1989 in Calgary, Alberta
Final Ranking: 26
Mid-Term Ranking: 26 North American Skater

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Central Scouting Report: A skilled defenseman… positions himself well defensively and has good anticipation of the play… able to skate the puck out of the zone and make good outlet passes… controls the power-play with patience and is smart with the puck… needs to improve his one-on-one containment out of the corners… needs to be more consistent with his physical presence.

Hockey Profile: Was eighth among WHL defensemen with 50 points (9-41-50) in 2006-07 regular-season and second among draft-eligible defensemen… named to the Western Conference Second All-Star Team in 2007… participated in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game… was named the Thunderbirds’ Rookie-ofthe- Year in 2005-06 after posting a team high 27 assists (1-27-28) – his 28 points were fourth among all WHL rookie defensemen… represented Team Pacific at the Under-17 World Championships in 2006 and was named to the First All- Star team, leading all defensemen with eight assists.

Personal Profile: Nickname is Hicks… wears jersey #4 because of Bobby Orr… credits his dad as the person who has had the most influence on his career… admires the late Terry Fox because “he has raised awareness and money for an important cause”… if he could have dinner with any three people he would invite: Lance Armstrong – “he has been through so much", Don Cherry – “I love to hear him talk” and Rachael McAdams… patterns his game after a mixture of NHL defensemen -- Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer, Ottawa’s Wade Redden and Colorado’s John-Michael Liles – “they all control the game and make an impact every shift”… most memorable hockey game played: gold-medal winning game at the Under-18 World Championships in 2006 because “there was so much on the line”… most memorable hockey game watched: 2004 Stanley Cup Final Game #3, Tampa Bay at Calgary – “I was there and got to see Calgary win 3-0 as well as the Iginla versus Lecavalier fight”… favorites include: Calgary Flames (NHL team), Scott Niedermayer (NHL player), Entourage (TV show), Super Troopers (movie), Rachel McAdams (actress), Augustana (group) and NHL ‘99 for Nintendo 64 (video game).

Statistics: 9-41=50 in 68 games with 70 PIM.

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