William “Bill” 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.
Bill’s talent allowed him to play for the Regina Pat midgets and juveniles during the same time period, winning provincial titles with both teams in 1953 and 1954. As a Regina Pat Junior, Hicke led the team to the Memorial Cup finals in 1955, 1956, and 1957.
Called up to the Montreal Canadiens in 1959, Hicke spent the next 14 years in the National Hockey League (NHL), the World Hockey Association and the American Hockey League. Hicke’s team won 2 Stanley Cups in 1959 and 1960, and he appeared in 3 NHL First All-Star Team games (1959, 1960 and 1969).