Today, the Philadelphia Wings announced they have traded defenseman Anthony Joaquim and forward Brett Hickey as the team looks to make a playoff push heading into the final weeks of the regular season.
The organization has traded defenseman Anthony Joaquim and a 3rd round pick in the 2022 NLL draft to the Colorado Mammoth in exchange for forward Sam LeClair and a 2nd round pick in 2022. LeClair has appeared in four games during his rookie season with the Mammoth. He has six goals and four assists on the season, including a hat trick on December 17.
“Our offense hasn’t been effective this year and we needed a change. Sam is a fast, dynamic player who adds to our inside game,” said Wings General Manager and Head Coach Paul Day. “His ability to drive to the net will complement Kiel Matisz’s move to offense as we head towards a playoff push. We look forward to welcoming him to Philadelphia.”
Joaquim was in his third season with the Wings, having joined the team in the 2018 expansion draft. He posted eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in 40 career games with the Wings, including two goals and three assists in 12 games this season. Joaquim served as an integral part of the Wings organization and community as he worked with local programs and organizations to grow the game of lacrosse.
“Anthony has not only been a key contributor to our organization but also the community,” said Day. We appreciate his dedication and commitment to the Wings organization and growing the game of lacrosse in the Philadelphia region. We wish him all the best.”
The Philadelphia Wings have also traded forward Brett Hickey to the San Diego Seals in exchange for San Diego’s second-round pick in the 2024 NLL Draft.
Hickey was tied for fourth on the Wings in scoring this season with 15 goals and 21 assists for 36 points. He had a season-high eight-point game (3G, 5A) in the team’s season opener vs. Panther City. Hickey’s 2018-19 season was limited to three games due to injury, but he returned with 29 goals and 17 assists over 13 games in 2019-20.
“Brett has been an integral part of our team for the past few seasons,” said Day. “His veteran leadership has been a great asset on and off the floor. We wish him nothing but the best in San Diego.”
Hickey was the Wings’ first selection in the 2018 expansion draft.