In 2014 Denis Hickey has an Alternate Captain for the U18 Junior team that won a bronze medal in Slovakia. Now a U20 prospect, Denis will look to make an even bigger impact if chosen to be part of the team playing for the gold medal in Sheffield, UK next summer. A new comer to the senior men’s circuit, Denis showed his talent and intensity in the North American Championships in March of this year playing for Jersey Fresh. He was a key component of the team who was seconds away from upsetting the St. Catherine’s Warpigs in the B Final in Feasterville, PA.
ASHI President Chris Banks had this to say when asked about Denis Hickey:
“Denis is a very respectful and hard working young man. He is a rare combination of size, speed, strength, work ethic, leadership and natural hockey IQ that was very clearly evident in Bratislava in 2014. If Denis sticks with the sport, works hard, stays in shape and continues to practice his humble nature, he has a good chance to make the team and many teams after this one. He is truly a special player and is one of those players that are fun to watch.”
Denis, a man of few words, answered a couple questions for ASHI after the evaluation camp.
1. Can you talk about the evaluation camp and what you took away from the U20 tryout?
This year’s evaluation camp showed me that we would be a stronger team than last year. But it was an intense weekend.
2. What is the biggest obstacle the U20 team has to overcome to win gold in 2016?
The biggest obstacle for us will be practicing as a team enough since we are spread out.
3. What was the best advice you were ever given?
The best advice I was ever given was to never be a quitter and to be a team player.
4. What do all good coaches have in common?
Something that all good coaches have in common is confidence in their team.
5. What is your biggest accomplishment in ball hockey?
My biggest accomplishment is making the U18 team for the Slovakia tournament in 2014.