Hickel helps Djurgarden win league championship in Sweden
The 22-year-old out of Northeastern University played a key role in a 4-3 victory over HV 71 W in the championship game of the SDHL, the top league in Europe for women.
Hickel, of Service High fame, was named game MVP as Djurgarden swept the best-of-3 title series and posted a 6-1 playoff record.
Each player from the victorious team was awarded gold helmets.
Hickel missed much of the season after she ruptured the MCL in her knee last October, but then returned for the playoffs and paid immediate dividends.
Djurgarden entered the SDHL playoffs as the No. 2 seed.