Hickey talks

Defenseman Thomas Hickey, the team’s 2007 first-round draft pick, on his first NHL camp: “It’s been really neat. I didn’t know what to expect coming in, but so far it has been a blast. Seeing these guys, they’re professionals. You can learn from them on and off the ice, so I’ve enjoyed doing that.”

On working with Rob Blake on Tuesday: “He’s a guy I watched growing up all my life, a guy you look up to. To be giving him passes and vice-versa is something special to me, and I’m really trying to soak it all in right now. He’s so calm. That’s probably why he’s made a very good living out of this. He doesn’t get flustered on the ice. He keeps a really calm demeanor out there and that’s nice for a young guy coming in who might have a couple jitters.”

On the higher level of play in an NHL camp: “It’s a pro camp so you got to expect that the guys are going to play like that, and they do. It’s different than any hockey I’ve played before so I’m just trying to adapt to it and play accordingly.”

On the likelihood that he’ll be sent back to juniors: “I just try to put all that aside, really. I know that, in reality, that’s probably going to happen. But if you come in thinking that then you’re not really going to gain anything out of it. You might as well go out, give your best and see where you end up. If you get sent back to juniors, well you expected that in the first place. But why not try for something special. At the same time, I won’t be let down or anything.”

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  • Fletch

    I wish I was that well-spoken at 18 years old…..geez.

  • Dan

    There’s been a lot of material posted on this blog since Matt showed up. I gotta say thanks for that. It’s really great to have a site to go to for real news about a team you love.

    Don’t worry Matt, keep giving us great content and we’ll all warm up to you. As I am sure you appreciate, the first couple of days were rough because we all have grown to like and respect Rich’s work here. I’m sure you’ll do a great job too.

    I’m not looking forward to the day that Rich leaves to cover the Lakers. I still think that’s gotta be a boring job. But, I digress . . .

    Thanks again for the content.


  • chris99

    Thanks for the great updates Matt! Great job.

  • WhoThePuck

    Thanks Matt. Nice work.

    You still haven’t let on if the USC thing was by choice or if they had to threaten your family. (not sure I would take the USC gig even if they did threaten my family)

  • Kyle B.

    Thanks Matt for the coverage as well. Also, welcome to the blog.

    I read your article about the Kings and the Ducks in today’s Daily News, and I was a little dissapointed in the tone of the article. To me it sounded like you were a Duck Fan waving your finger in the face of all Kings Fans. I recall you writing something like the Kings organization has been around for a while and has never won the cup, but the Ducks have only been in the league for 13 years or so, and have a cup under their belt. We know that the Ducks have achieved more than the Kings since their establishment in the league, but we don’t go flying it on a banner…or publishing it in a paper that Ducks Fans read also. I’m sure you were influenced by some other factor (like an editor), but I just felt that you slapped the Kings’ organization and all the Kings fans in the face.

    Thank you for your efforts, though…I just wanted to tell you how I felt. I look forward to the work you have done today. Thank you for helping keep us posted and keep this blog alive.