Alex Hicks played his college hockey at the University of Wisconsin at Eau-Claire where he was named to the NCHA First All-American team in both 1991 and 1992. After graduating, he spent time playing for Toledo of the ECHL and Adirondack and Las Vegas of the IHL.
He was signed as a free agent by Anaheim in August 1995 and played his first NHL game as a Mighty Duck. In his first NHL season, he totaled 21 points in 64 games for Anaheim. He played 18 games for the Ducks the following year before being traded to to Pittsburgh in October as part of a multi-player deal. He had 20 points in 55 games for the Penguins. Added to the eight he had tallied in Anaheim, the 1996-97 season was his best to date.
His made a return appearance with the Pens in 1997-98, playing in 58 games and earning 20 points. San Jose signed Hicks as a free agent in October 1998, but after only four games with the Sharks he was traded to Florida. He finished that season and began the next with the Panthers organization, but a knee injusry suffered during training camp kept him sidelined for most of the 1999-2000 season. He is currently playing in Europe.