TCH: Nickles fills Ams’ need for speed

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

Lucas Nickles is not faster than the speed of light — though he can put cameras to the test — but when it comes to the Western Hockey League, there are few who can keep pace with him on a breakaway.

The Tri-City Americans forward has used his speed to create offense and wreak havoc this season, making him a valuable asset.

“Speed kills. Knowing that keeps you on your toes if you are on the opposing team,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. “Even the times he doesn’t go and score, as a player on the opposing team you have to beware and respect that at all times. Even when he isn’t directly involved in the play, you have to keep an eye on him. There are advantages and benefits with players who can skate like that, that don’t show up on the game sheet.”

The 6-foot, 190-pound Nickles will put his craft to work tonight against the Seattle Thunderbirds as the Americans host their fifth annual Nuclear Night Game to benefit the players’ education fund.

In keeping with the spirit of the game, in nuclear terms, Nickles would be classified as an atomic nuclei, fusing with other nuclei at a high speed to create energy.



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