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Today at 4:00 pm, hockey fans may have the opportunity to watch former Victoria Royals defenceman Joe Hicketts play for the Detroit Red Wings as they visit the New Jersey Devils. He was drafted by the Red Wings, and has been playing for their farm team, the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League.
There is a chance the Kamloops native may not suit up, but if he does, he will be the first Royals player to play in the National Hockey League.
So far this season, the 21-year-old has played 43 games, scoring twice and setting up eight others.
The diminutive blueliner (5’8″ – 177 pounds) has been turning heads for his smart play, positive attitude and reliability.
Coach Jeff Blashill said, “Joe has a couple of things I love. He has swagger and he has a great brain for the game.”
Griffins head coach Todd Nelson said, “Nobody can question his heart and desire, his competitiveness and his gamesmanship,”
Hicketts won gold playing for Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, wearing the “A” as assistant captain the second.
|2016-17||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||73||7||27||34||40||15||19||1||7||8||8|
|2017-18||Grand Rapids Griffins*||AHL||43||2||6||8||26||-10|