Influence from NHL family leads Logan Hicks into freshman season for Syracuse ice hockey

first_imgLogan Hicks’s father had three rules for her if she wanted to play hockey.One: Do not be afraid to go into the corner to get the puck.Two: Never lay on the ice after getting hurt. Skate to the bench.Three: Never cry.When an opposing player pancaked Hicks into the boards near the blue line in a game, she skated back to the bench with tears welling up in her eyes. Her arm hurt, and she didn’t know if she could play the rest of the game. But her father, also her coach, sent Hicks back out on her next shift. After she returned to the bench, Hicks said she could not play and started to cry out of frustration.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHicks iced her arm all night. At least 24 hours later, though, it was still sore and she had trouble sleeping, so her dad took her for an X-Ray, which revealed a broken humerus bone in her arm.“I felt like the worst parent ever,” Alex Hicks, her father, said in an email. “But she knew the rules.”Alex Hicks’ strict rules developed from his 15-year professional hockey career and his father’s hockey career. The two have played key roles in shaping Hicks into a freshman defender for Syracuse’s (0-2) hockey team.“My grandpa and my dad are my biggest role models definitely, especially in hockey,” Hicks said. “My dad has coached me my whole life and has had the biggest impact on me playing hockey.”The Hicks’ hockey family tree starts with Wayne, Hicks’ grandfather and a former NHL player and a 1961 Stanley Cup winner. Wayne Hicks only played two games with the Chicago Blackhawks that year, but one was the game in which the Hawks clinched the cup. Alex Hicks followed in his father’s footsteps, playing in the NHL and overseas.Hicks was too young to remember her dad’s NHL days and most of her early hockey memories revolve around watching her dad play in Germany.Despite getting to live in Europe as a small child, no youth hockey leagues existed in Germany. Hicks would go on the ice with her dad after practice but never played hockey.Alex Hicks planned to retire at the end of the 2006 season but was suspended for the final game of the year for an illegal hit from behind in the game prior. His career ended fittingly for the gritty way he played — and would soon expect his daughter to play.The Hicks family moved to Arizona after the 2006 season while Hicks was in third grade. She joined youth leagues with her dad as her coach for the first six years.“That’s when I started playing hockey for real, because not really a lot of girls play hockey in Germany,” Hicks said.Mostly boys played, and her father preached defense and his three rules. The rules, her father said, are part of what makes Hicks a good and fundamentally-sound hockey player, even if they did lead to tough situations at times.“Logan is a tough girl that played hard on the ice,” her father said. “I told her if she wanted to play with the boys that she could never ever show them that she was scared. I felt that if she did any of these three things that all the dads that are watching would start whispering that she should not play with the boys.”When Hicks’s father took a job as an assistant coach for Arizona State’s first hockey team, Hicks got the chance to skate with the team and play in their scrimmages. She learned about the players’ struggles from a coach’s perspective and how to deal with them.Even now as she’s playing college hockey, Hicks is realizing a dream developed and influenced by her father. He always told her how he enjoyed his college career more than playing professionally.“I believe this is how she developed a love for the game,” Alex Hicks said, “and the dream of playing college hockey.” Comments Published on October 10, 2016 at 10:33 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Mike Trout misses 2nd straight Angels game with sore wrist, hopes to play Saturday

first_imgCLEVELAND — A jammed right wrist kept Mike Trout out of the Angels lineup for a second straight day on Friday, but he is expecting to be back on Saturday.“I’m pretty sure I’m going to be able to play tomorrow,” the center fielder said before Friday’s game. “It feels a lot better than yesterday.”Trout was hurt when his hand hit the ground on a feet-first slide into third on Wednesday against Tampa Bay. He was the designated hitter that night and remained in the game, but he said he felt some enough discomfort to keep him out of the lineup on Thursday.Trout said he might be able to pinch-hit later in Friday’s game. Thursday’s game was the first one all season that he didn’t play. He had been bothered by a sore finger in June, but he was still able to DH. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MOVING UP UPTONTrout’s absence left the Angels with a new look at the top of the lineup. Justin Upton was moved to the No. 2 spot, followed by Shohei Ohtani’s debut in the No. 3 spot.Manager Mike Scioscia said putting Upton in front of Ohtani was done mostly because he wanted to split up the left-handed hitting Kole Calhoun and Ohtani. The Indians have three left-handed relievers – Brad Hand, Andrew Miller and Oliver Pérez – and Scioscia didn’t want to have his two best left-handed hitters hitting consecutively.However, Scioscia allowed for the possibility that moving Upton to No. 2 might be something they consider going forward.“That’s not the reason (for this switch), but you know sometimes inspiration comes from necessity,” Scioscia said. “We’ll see.”Although he went hitless in five at-bats, with four strikeouts, on Friday, Upton is still hitting .328 over his last 18 games. He’s had a season-long issue hitting with runners in scoring position, though, batting .184 in those situations. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone SURGERY FOR YOUNGOutfielder Chris Young, who has been on the disabled list for a month with a hamstring injury, was diagnosed with labral tears in both hips, requiring a pair of surgeries.Young underwent the repair on his right hip on Friday, and the surgery on his left hip will be scheduled.Young, 34, hit .168 with a .615 OPS in 56 games with the Angels.ALSOOhtani is still playing catch at a distance of about 90 to 105 feet, Scioscia said. Ohtani could still be a couple weeks away from getting on a mound for a bullpen session. …With the National Sports Collectors Convention ongoing in Cleveland this weekend, a representative from Bowman trading came by the ballpark with a unique autographed Ohtani card that will be auctioned in September. The card is expected to sell for about $100,000.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Felix Peña, 1-2, 5.23) at Indians (RHP Corey Kluber, 13-6, 2.79), Saturday, 4 p.m., Fox Sports 1, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

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