Two Hickel sisters, two pro careers on opposite sides of globe

February 22, 2017

Zoe Hickel hockey

Zoe Hickel

On the same day that Anchorage’s Zoe Hickel scored a pair of goals with the Connecticut Whale in the NWHL, her sister Tori Hickel notched an assist and sported a +4 rating for her pro team in Sweden.

Just another day in this family’s pucks paradise.

Zoe Hickel, of Service High fame, is a second-year all-star in the NWHL out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Last season she won the league’s inaugural Isobel Cup with the Boston Pride.

The 24-year-old started the season in Boston until a recent trade sent the forward to Connecticut. Sunday was her first game and she made a fabulous first impression with two goals on a season-high six shots.

Last week, Zoe Hickel was among 23 players to be invited to a USA Hockey training camp in Massachusetts for postgraduate members of the women’s national team program.

In 2016, she helped Team USA win gold at the world championships.

Tori Hickel hockey

Tori Hickel

Tori Hickel, of Service High fame, is a rookie defenseman for Djurgarden in Stockholm, Sweden, out of Northeastern University.

Last spring, the 22-year-old interned with the Boston Bruins. A few months later she left for Sweden to begin her pro career in the SDHL, the top league in Europe for women.

Tori Hickel injured her knee with a ruptured MCL in October but has recovered well and has returned to the ice. Her team is the second-place squad entering the playoffs.