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Who says you can’t go home again? Petes alumnus and Former Birmingham Bulls player Jamey Hicks has returned to the metro area as coach of the reborn Birmingham Bulls.
Hicks’ hiring was announced at a press conference Thursday at the Pelham Civic Complex, the new home of the Bulls.
“I don’t think you ever want to look back,” Hicks said. “You look back at the fond memories and you move forward right away. I think it’s important that we don’t forget where we came from. The guys from the WHA (World Hockey Association) from the ’70s and the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) from the ’90s paved the way, and I have the support of those guys who showed up this afternoon with this press conference.”
General partner Art Clarkson, who engineered the return of pro hockey to the area, said that Hicks brings a link to the Bulls of old.
“I like the continuity,” Clarkson said. “I like the tradition and I like the history, unlike people who are trying to reinvent the wheel, using a different name and everything else.
“The response is great,” he continued. “The Bulls are back and there’s the continuity, there’s the connection. I think he’s going to do a hell of a job. He’s going to have the support of the community, the former players who live here, our front office, the whole thing. It’s almost like a family effect.”
Hicks was a member of the Petes from 1986/87 to 1989/90, playing in 158 and recording 40 goals, 87 goals and 127 points. He was part of the 1988/89 OHL Championship team, tallying 28 points in 17 playoff games. Following an 11 year professional career, Hicks joined the Saginaw Spirit as an assistant coach for the 2002/03 and 2003/04 seasons.
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