Former NY Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey is returning to MSG Networks

New York Islanders v San Jose Sharks
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When it comes to the New York Islanders TV broadcast, there's nothing wrong with running it back.

On Monday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reported that former Isles defenseman Thomas Hickey will be returning to MSG Networks as a studio announcer for the 2023-24 season.

Hickey began his on-air career alongside MSG host Shannon Hogan after a PTO with the New Jersey Devils ended in early October. Not knowing what to expect from the defenseman, Hickey quickly gained praise for his analytic abilities and natural on-air presence.

Having played for the Islanders, Hickey was able to bring in his knowledge and insight on the team while bringing an easy-to-understand coverage of the game. Fans have loved the small pieces of information he gives about the team that fans otherwise would have never known about. This includes important stuff like explaining why the team changed their win song from "Right Back Where We Started From" by Maxine Nightingale to "Higher Love" by Whitney Houston and Kygo.

"It’s truly an honor to join MSG Networks as an Islanders studio analyst and begin this next chapter of my career. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to now cover the team I was fortunate enough to play for, as well as connect with the fans in a new way."

Thomas Hockey in 2022

The former defenseman played the entirety of his career on Long Island, totaling 117 points (22 goals, 95 assists) during his nine-year career. His offensive-defensive abilities and the few times he stepped up to play wing had fans alluding to him as "elite NHL forward Thomas Hickey."

Hickey was known for never backing down from a fight or letting up on a hit. Fans loved watching him lay it all out on the ice and his offensive talents are still missed by many fans to this day. We're excited to see what the Hickey and Hogan duo will bring to the table during broadcasts this season.