Kelowna Minor Hockey product Justin Hickman has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Boston Bruins.
A former member of the BCMML’s Okanagan Rockets, the 20-year Hickman broke into the Western Hockey League as a 16-year-old with the Seattle Thunderbirdsin 2010-11.
He would spend his last two WHL seasons as T’Birds captain, and would go on to score 55 goals and 77 assists in 285 games.
Hickman’s final WHL season of 2014-15 came to a premature end due to shoulder surgery.
“It is great to see Justin get his chance to move on to professional hockey,” T’Birds’ general manager Russ Farwell stated in a news release. “He was a great guy for us and showed improvement every year, and I look forward to watching him develop as a pro.”
This season, Hickman had 28 points on nine goals and 19 assists with 40 penalty minutes.
The Kelowna native enjoyed career highs last season with 22 goals, 24 assists and 154 penalty minutes.