Joe Hicketts (born May 4, 1996) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Joe Hicketts
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Born (1996-05-04) May 4, 1996 (age 23)
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Detroit Red Wings
Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2016–present

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

 
Hicketts (middle) battles Brett Kulak (left) during the 2013–14 WHL season with the Victoria Royals.

Hicketts was drafted 12th overall by the Victoria Royals in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft after spending the 2010–11 season with the Kamloops Bantam AAA Jardine Blazers where he scored eighteen goals and 41 assists in 51 games played.[1] Hicketts spent the 2011–12 season at the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, British Columbia.

During the 2012–13 season, Hicketts played in 67 of 72 regular season games for the Royals, where he recorded six goals and 18 assists in his first season.

During the 2013–14 season, Hicketts was an assistant captain for the Royals in his second season. Hicketts recorded six goals and 18 assists in 36 regular season games for the Royals, before missing three months after undergoing surgery for an upper-body injury in October 2013.[2]

Hicketts was undrafted in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but was invited to attend the Detroit Red Wings Development Camp the following week.[3] He was subsequently named to the Red Wings roster for the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan in September, after which he was invited to the Red Wings main training camp.[4][5] On September 24, 2014, one day after the end of training camp, Hicketts was signed as a free agent by the Red Wings to a three-year, $1.9 million entry-level contract.[6][7] Having not played in any preseason games, Hicketts was assigned to the Victoria Royals on October 2, 2014.[8] Hicketts spent the majority of the 2014–15 season with the Victoria Royals of the WHL, where he ranked second among WHL defensemen in scoring with 12 goals and 52 assists in 62 games. Following an outstanding season with the Royals, Hicketts was named to the 2014–15 WHL Western Conference Second All-Star Team.[9] On April 23, 2015, Hicketts was reassigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.[10]

The following season, Hicketts again participated in the Red Wings Development Camp, the 2015 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, as well as the Red Wings main training camp.[11][12][13] After a few days of training camp, Hicketts was among the first wave of Red Wings cuts when he was assigned to the Victoria Royals on September 21, 2015.[14] During the 2015–16 season, Hicketts recorded eight goals, and 53 assists in 59 games. He finished the season tied for second in the WHL for assists by a defenceman, with 53, and seventh in scoring, with 61 points. Earlier this season, Hicketts set the Royals' all-time franchise record for most career points by a defenceman (173) and powerplay assists (70). Following an outstanding season, Hicketts was named to the 2015–16 WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team, and was named the Western Conference Top Defenceman, and Western Conference Player of the Year. He was also nominated for the WHL's Four Broncos Memorial Trophy, as the league's player of the year.[15][16] Later in the season, after the Victoria Royals were eliminated from the 2016 WHL playoffs, Hicketts was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL) for their 2016 Calder Cup playoffs run.[17]

ProfessionalEdit

 
Hicketts (left) with the Grand Rapids Griffins during the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs.

Hicketts began his first professional season by once again participating in Detroit Red Wings training camp. On October 8, 2016, Hicketts was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.[18] On January 21, 2018, Hicketts was recalled by the Red Wings.[19] He made his NHL debut the next night in a game against the New Jersey Devils, logging 15:13 of ice time, along with 4:22 on the penalty kill.[20] On January 23, he was returned to the Griffins.[20] On March 26, 2018, Hicketts was again recalled by the Red Wings.[21] Prior to being recalled he recorded three goals and seven assists in 63 games for the Griffins.[21] Hicketts recorded his first two NHL points by assisting on Frans Nielsen and Darren Helm's goals on March 27, 2018, in a 5–2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.[22] On April 4, Hicketts was assigned to the Griffins. He appeared in five games for the Red Wings, posting three assists, a plus-five rating, two penalty minutes, two shots on goal, nine hits and 12 blocked shots.[23] Hicketts began the 2018–19 season with the Red Wings. On October 31, 2018, Hicketts was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins. He appeared in eight games for the Red Wings, averaging 17:06 of ice time per game and ranking second among team defensemen with 15 hits.[24] On April 1, 2019, Hicketts was recalled from the Griffins under emergency conditions. Prior to being recalled, he led the team in defensemen scoring with three goals and 24 assists in 61 games.[25] Hicketts appeared in 11 games for the Red Wings during the season. On April 7, he was re-assigned to the Griffins.[26]

On July 17, 2019, the Red Wings re-signed Hicketts to a two-year contract.[27]

International playEdit

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing   Canada
Youth Olympic Games
  2012 Innsbruck
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
  2013 Czech Republic/Slovakia
IIHF World U18 Championship
  2014 Finland
IIHF World U20 Championship
  2015 Canada

Hicketts captained Canada's Winter Youth Olympic team to bronze in 2012, and captained Team Pacific at the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. Hicketts represented Canada at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships, where he recorded one goal and three assists in seven games, and won a bronze medal. Hicketts also represented Canada at the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, where he recorded three assists in seven games, and won a gold medal. Hicketts represented Canada at the 2016 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he recorded one goal and two assists in five games, and finished in sixth place.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Victoria Royals WHL 67 6 18 24 45 6 0 1 1 2
2013–14 Victoria Royals WHL 36 6 18 24 12 9 0 2 2 9
2014–15 Victoria Royals WHL 62 12 52 64 48 10 0 5 5 10
2015–16 Victoria Royals WHL 59 8 53 61 44 6 1 6 7 8
2016–17 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 73 7 27 34 40 19 1 7 8 8
2017–18 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 67 3 9 12 32 5 0 2 2 2
2017–18 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 0 3 3 2
2018–19 Detroit Red Wings NHL 11 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 64 3 24 27 67 5 0 1 1 8
NHL totals 16 0 3 3 2

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Canada YOG   6 0 5 5 2
2013 Canada Pacific U17 5th 5 1 5 6 2
2013 Canada IH18   5 0 2 2 8
2014 Canada U18   7 1 3 4 10
2015 Canada WJC   7 0 3 3 2
2016 Canada WJC 6th 5 1 2 3 4
Junior totals 35 3 20 23 28

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
WHL
Western Conference Second All-Star Team 2015 [28]
Western Conference First All-Star Team 2016 [29]
AHL
Calder Cup 2017 [30]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Joe Hicketts Bio". April 23, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  3. ^ Staff Writer; Detroit Red Wings (June 30, 2014). "Summer camp schedule, roster announced". NHL.com. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
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  13. ^ Bartkowiak Jr., Dave (September 14, 2015). "Red Wings release 2015 training camp roster". ClickOnDetroit.com. WDIV-TV. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  14. ^ Caples, Michael (September 21, 2015). "Red Wings announce first 15 roster cuts". MiHockeyNow.com. MiHockey. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  15. ^ "Royal Headline List of WHL Western Conference Award Winners". WHL. March 23, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  16. ^ Wakiji, Dana (March 24, 2016). "Wings prospect stars in WHL". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  17. ^ Pearson, Jason (April 24, 2016). "Svechnikov, Hicketts go to Grand Rapids". NHL.com. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  18. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (October 8, 2016). "Red Wings cut roster to 32". NHL.com. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  19. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (January 21, 2018). "Joe Hicketts recalled from Grand Rapids". NHL.com. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  20. ^ a b DiFilippo, Alex (January 23, 2018). "Detroit assigns Turgeon and Hicketts to Grand Rapids". NHL.com. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Red Wings recall Joe Hicketts". NHL.com. Detroit Red Wings. March 26, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  22. ^ Sipple, George (March 27, 2018). "Niklas Kronwall nets 400th career point in Detroit Red Wings' 5-2 win". Detorit Free Press. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  23. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (April 4, 2018). "Three assigned to Grand Rapids". NHL.com. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  24. ^ DiFilippo, Alex (October 31, 2018). "Red Wings recall Wade Megan; Joe Hicketts assigned to Grand Rapids". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  25. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (April 1, 2019). "Red Wings recall Hicketts". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  26. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (April 7, 2019). "Red Wings assign nine players". NHL.com. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  27. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (July 17, 2019). "Red Wings re-sign Hicketts for two years". NHL.com. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  28. ^ "WHL Announces All-Stars & Award Finalists". WHL. March 25, 2015. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  29. ^ "WHL Announces 2015-16 All-Star Teams". WHL. March 23, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  30. ^ Wakiji, Dana (June 13, 2017). "Grand Rapids Griffins win Calder Cup at home". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved June 13, 2017.

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