EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Parker Hickey, assistant coach with the Edmundston Blizzard, will assume identical roles with Hockey New Brunswick’s Under 16 High Performance Program starting this spring and in preparation for the 2020-2021 season. Hockey NB made the announcement today. Charles LeBlanc will be the team’s head coach. Brad Tesink will act as the other assistant coach.
At only 25 years old, Parker Hickey’s career is developing at a fast pace. Since the announcement of his arrival in the Blizzard organization last July, his impact is huge, considering the team’s successes and his important contribution as assistant coach.
Blizzard’s head coach, Emery Olauson was very happy for his assistant.
“I am very excited for Parker to have earned this opportunity, “Olauson said. “I think it is a great appointment by Hockey NB as Parker has so much to offer the players both on and off the ice. This should also help Parker in his quest upward in the hockey world. It will also be a tremendous help to have Parker in close quarters with the brightest young stars from our province to see which of them would be good additions to the culture we have in Edmundston with the Blizzard family. ”
“I am really excited that Hockey NB has given me this opportunity, “Hickey commented. “First, I am excited to learn from some of the province’s top coaches and bring what I learn back to the Blizzard program. On a more personal note, one of my career goals is to coach with Team Canada someday and that is a big step towards that.”
Parker Hickey will combine this work with his job with the Blizzard. “It is just a few weeks of camps and a tournament next spring. I may miss a few games but that’s it, “he added.
Hickey was born in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to moving to Edmundston, he was based in Rossland, British Columbia, where he held the position of director of analytics for the BCHL Trail Smoke Eaters (junior A) during the 2018-19 season. In 2017-18, he served as assistant general manager for the Castlegar Rebels of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
Parker Hickey studied engineering at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and sports management at Columbia University (New York). Hickey grew up in Montreal as well as in Bathurst where he put on skates for the first time.
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Parker Hickey (Photo Digiphoto sport)
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, Edmundston Blizzard vice-president communications; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone