Joe Hicketts
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Joe Hicketts

Hometown:

Kamloops British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-05-04

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-8

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2014

Weight:

187 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Joe Hicketts played for the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, British Columbia. He was a team captain for Canada at the Youth Olympic Games and played for Britisih Columbia in the U17 Cup and the Western Canada Challenge Cup U16 tournament. He played 12 games with the OHA Red prep team, scoring 6 goals with 6 assists and 14 penalty minutes. In 51 games games with the OHA midget team he scored 17 goals with 37 assists and 44 penalty minutes. Hicketts was +10 with 5 assists and 2 penalty minutes in six games for Canada at the Youth Olympic Games. He had 1 assist with Team British Columbia, which finished third in the WCCC tournament. Hicketts was selected by Victoria in the first round (12th overall) in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft and was chosen by Salmon Arm in the second round (29th overall) in the BCHL affiliate player draft.

2012-13: Hicketts skated for the WHL’s Victoria Royals as a 16-year-old and was a team captain for Canada Pacific at the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. Playing in 67 of 72 regular season games for the Royals, he scored 6 goals with 18 assists and was -11 with 45 penalty minutes. Victoria finished third in the B.C. Division and lost to Kamloops in a first-round playoff series. Hicketts had 1 assist and was -4 with 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He scored 1 goal, an overtime game-winner against Russia, and had 5 assists with 2 penalty minutes in five games at the WHC. Canada Pacific defeated Canada Ontario, 7-6, in the tournament’s fifth-place game.

2013-14:Hicketts was an assistant captain for Victoria in his second season with the Royals and played for the Canada U18 team in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial and 2014 World Junior Championship tournaments. Hicketts scored 6 goals with 18 assists and was +25 with 12 penalty minutes in 36 regular season games for Victoria; missing nearly three months after undergoing surgery for an upper-body injury in October 2013. The Royals finished second to Kelowna in the B.C. Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Hicketts had 2 assists and was -7 with 9 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. He was +4 with 2 assists and 8 penalty minutes in five games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and in seven games at the WJC he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +3 with 10 penalty minutes. Canada finished third at the World Juniors, defeating Sweden, 3-1, in the bronze medal game.

2014-15: Hicketts was invited to the Red Wings’ training camp after passing through the 2014 NHL Draft without being selected. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Detroit in September 2014 before returning to Victoria for his third WHL season. He played for Canada’s gold medal U20 team at the 2015 World Junior Championship in January. Hicketts scored 12 goals with 52 assists and was +17 with 48 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games for the Royals. Victoria finished second to Kelowna in the B.C. Division, defeating Prince George in the first round before falling to the Rockets. Hicketts had 5 assists and was +4 with 10 penalty minute in 10 playoff games. He had 3 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC. Canada defeated Russia, 5-4, in the gold medal game.

2015-16: Hicketts returned to Victoria for his fourth WHL season with the Royals and played in his second World Juniors tournament for Canada. He scored 8 goals with 53 assists and was +38 with 44 penalty minutes in 59 regular season games for the Royals. Victoria finished first in the B.C. Division, topping Spokane in a first-round series before falling to defending WHL champion Kelowna in seven games. Hicketts scored 1 goal with six assists and was +1 with 8 penalty minutes in six playoff games, suffering an injury in the first game of the series against Spokane that kept him out until Game 3 against the Rockets. In five games at the 2016 WJC for Canada he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and had an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes. Canada finished sixth, falling 6-5 to Finland in the quarterfinals. 

Talent Analysis

Hicketts is a short but solidly-built skating defensemen with elite offensive ability. Injuries during his junior career have created concerns about his durability and his lack of stature is sometimes an obstacle in the defensive game. His scoring ability and playmaking instincts are matched by few prospects in his age group.

Future

Hicketts returned to Victoria for his fourth WHL season in 2015-16 and played in his second World Junior Championship with Canada. A mobile puck mover who excels despite his lack of stature, Hicketts has dominated at the junior level and will look to have that same success when he begins his pro career next season. As with any player his size staying healthy will be a concern — he missed time both during the regular season and in the playoffs with the Royals — but Hicketts has the potential to be an exciting Torey Krug-type player at the next level.

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