Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pat Hickey
Pat Hickey played his junior hockey with the Hamilton Red Wings of the OHA from 1970 to 1973. He was drafted by the New York Rangers but opted instead to join the Toronto Toros of the WHA since they offered the prospects of big-league play while the Rangers only offered a ticket to join the Providence Reds of the AHL.

With the Toros, Hickey became a big hit on the scoreboard and among the fans. As one of hockey's fastest skaters, his long shock of blond hair tailed in the wind as he raced up ice, exciting fans. Few wingers could move as quickly either from a standing start or in added acceleration.

During his two seasons of World Hockey, he matured into an excellent two-way player. Such development didn't go unnoticed by the Rangers who still held his NHL rights. They were willing to pay Hickey more money than the impoverished Toros could afford.

So in 1975-76, he made his debut on Broadway. Initially, he joined Walt Tkaczuk and Bill Fairbairn on a line but then switched to a trio that included Rick Middleton and Derek Sanderson. It wasn't until his third year, however, that Hickey finally caught fire, netting 40 goals by the end of the 1977-78 campaign.

He sustained his career with the Rangers until 1979 when the trade winds began to howl around his head. First he was dispatched to the Colorado Rockies for a brief spell before being passed along to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In Toronto, Hickey skated with Bill Derlago and Rick Vaive. The line's scoring potency helped bring a brief revival to Hickey's scoring touch that otherwise seemed, for the most part, to evaporate after he left the Rangers' fold.

After Toronto, he put in short stops with the Rangers and Nordiques before landing at his final NHL destination, the St. Louis Blues. Hickey played parts of three seasons with the club, putting up modest numbers at best, before hanging up his blades for good in 1985.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 55 15 17 32 46 7 0 1 1 2
1971-72 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 58 21 39 60 78
1972-73 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 61 32 47 79 80
1973-74 Toronto Toros WHA 78 26 29 55 52 12 3 3 6 12
1974-75 Toronto Toros WHA 74 35 34 69 50 5 0 1 1 4
1975-76 New York Rangers NHL 70 14 22 36 36 -29
1976-77 New York Rangers NHL 80 23 17 40 35 -11
1977-78 New York Rangers NHL 80 40 33 73 47 -19 3 2 0 2 0
1977-78 Canada WEC-A 10 5 1 6 4
1978-79 New York Rangers NHL 80 34 41 75 56 +8 18 1 7 8 6
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 7 2 2 4 10 -1
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 24 7 9 16 10 -2
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 45 22 16 38 16 +1 3 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 16 33 49 49 -16 2 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 53 15 14 29 32 -15
1981-82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 7 0 1 1 4 -1 15 1 3 4 21
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1982-83 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 36 13 12 25 28 6 1 0 1 2
1983-84 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 9 11 20 24 -3 11 1 1 2 6
1984-85 St. Louis Blues NHL 57 10 13 23 32 -4 3 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 646 192 212 404 351 55 5 11 16 37


Brother of Greg Selected by Toronto (WHA) in 1973 WHA Amateur Draft, June, 1973. Traded to Colorado by NY Rangers with Lucien DeBlois, Mike McEwen, Dean Turner and future considerations (Bobby Crawford, January 15, 1980) for Barry Beck, November 2, 1979. Traded to Toronto by Colorado with Wilf Paiement for Lanny McDonald and Joel Quenneville, December 29, 1979. Traded to NY Rangers by Toronto for NY Rangers' 5th round pick (Sylvain Charland) in 1982 NHL Draft, October 16, 1981. Traded to Quebec by NY Rangers to complete transaction that sent Robbie Ftorek to NY Rangers (December 30, 1981), March 8, 1982. Traded to St. Louis by Quebec for Rick Lapointe, August 4, 1982.
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