Wayne Hicks had a bit of luck early in his NHL career: after having played only three games in the league, he found himself hoisting the Stanley Cup as part of the Chaicago Black Hawks' 1960-61 championship team.
Hicks had spent three seasons with the Calgary Stampeders of the WHL before joining the Sault Ste. Marie greyhounds of the EPHL. At the end of the 1959-60 season with Greyhounds, he made NHL debut with the Black Hawks in the post season. The following season, he had totaled 55 points in 72 games with the AHL Buffalo Bisons before he headed back to Chicago for one last regular season and one playoff appearance. The next thing Hicks knew, the Cup was coming to Chicago.
After that, Hicks's NHL career was a more prosaic. He played a season for the Boston Bruins, spent a few games with Montreal, and spent a part of a season with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The opportunities to play in the NHL came about as a result of Hicks's consistent strong play in the minors where he had annual double-digit point totals. He was named to the AHL First All-Star team in 1967 and to the Second All-Star team in both 1965 and 1969. After four seasons in the WHL, Hicks played his final professional game for the Phoenix Roadrunners in 1974.