William (Bill) Hicke


William (BILL) Hicke (Regina) – William (Bill) Hicke is being inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player category. Hicke excelled at many sports in his youth, but it was hockey that would consume the young man and steer his life to the big leagues. He spent his junior career with the Regina Pats between 1954-58. In 146 regular season games he scored 251 points, including 142 goals. He led the entire league in goals and points during his last season and led Regina to three consecutive Memorial Cup appearances and later had his No. 17 sweater retired by the franchise. The jump to the professional game proved to be no big challenge as Hicke immediately won the scoring title in the American Hockey League (AHL) while playing for the Rochester Americans. He named as AHL First All-Star Team, AHL Rookie of the Year and AHL MVP. The winger was rewarded and then earned a spot on the strong 1959-60 Montreal Canadiens team that had just won the four straight Stanley Cups. The team would win their record fifth straight in Hicke's rookie season. He took much of the season to earn a regular spot, but by playoffs time he was a regular and earned the right to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. His best season in a Canadiens uniform came during the 1961-62 season when he scored 20 goals and 51 points. He also had 18 and 17 goal seasons for the Canadiens. Hicke was traded to the New York Rangers on December 21, 1964 and finished the 1964-65 season in the Big Apple. His career almost came to a tragic end the following season when he went into a two week coma after battling a respiratory illness. In the summer of 1967 he was claimed by the Oakland Seals in the expansion draft. He had generally gotten his condition newly diagnosed bronchial asthma under control. While playing for Oakland Bill enjoyed his most successful seasons in the NHL point wise. In 1968-69 he scored 25 goals and 61 points in 67 games, all career highs. That season earned him a trip to the annual NHL All-Star game. It was his third, he had previously appeared in two NHL All-Star games (1959 and 1960). He played in California for four seasons, averaging close to 20 goals. Hicke’s last NHL season came in 1971-72 when he played for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He then finished his playing career in 1972-73 when he suited up for the Alberta Oilers of the World Hockey Association. After his playing career was over Bill returned to Regina where he purchased a local sporting goods store called Kyle Sporting Goods, which was formerly started and owned by former NHL brothers Bill and Gus Kyle. He credited his time in Oakland and the WHA as a stepping stone for his business career. In addition to his successful business Hicke also co-owned and briefly managed the Regina Pats before selling his shares in 1995. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the Regina Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. In early 2005 He was awarded the WHL Governor’s Award.  Hicke passed away in July 2005. He is survived by his wife Lee Anne, son Danny and daughter Lisa.

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