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Joe Hicketts

Position: D
Date of Birth: 05/04/1996
Height: 5' 8"   Weight: 180 lbs
Shoots: L
Birthplace: Kamloops, British Columbia
Drafted: Undrafted
Last Amateur Team: 2015-16 Victoria (WHL)



Second season as a Griffin…Second year pro…Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 9/24/14…Reassigned from Victoria (WHL) by Detroit, 4/20/15…Reassigned from Victoria by Detroit, 4/24/16…Assigned by Detroit, 10/8/16...Assigned by Detroit, 10/1/17...Recalled by Detroit, 1/21/18...Assigned by Detroit, 1/23/18...Recalled by Detroit, 3/26/18...Assigned by Detroit,4/4/18.  

Career Highlights: Won 2017 Calder Cup with Grand Rapids…Two-year captain for Victoria (WHL)…Assistant captain for Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Finland…Earned a gold medal for Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championships.

2016-17: In his rookie campaign, led all team defensemen in scoring with 34 points (7-27—34) in 73 games…Ranked seventh among the AHL’s first-year blueliners in scoring…Added a plus-15 rating, tied for third best among rookie defensemen, and 40 PIM…Made his professional debut, 10/14/16 vs. CHI…Recorded his first professional point on an assist, 10/15/16 at CHI…His first professional goal was the game-winner in overtime, 11/12/16 at Hicketts2016.jpgMIL…Notched his first multi-goal game, 12/7/16 vs. CHI…Registered a season-high three assists on two occasions, 2/15/17 vs. MB and 3/4/17 at TEX...Scored eight points (1-7—8) in 19 playoff games, the most among team defensemen, helping Grand Rapids win the 2017 Calder Cup…Potted his first Calder Cup Playoff goal, 5/6/17 vs. CHI.  2015-16: Served as a “black ace” for the Griffins during the Calder Cup Playoffs…As captain for Victoria (WHL), ranked seventh among league defensemen in scoring with 61 points (8-53—61) and tied for second with 53 assists in 59 games… Placed among the overall league leaders with a plus-38 rating (10th), 53 assists (T10th) and 27 power play assists (3rd)…Nominated for Outstanding Player of the Year and Top Defenseman awards in the WHL…Named to the Western Conference’s First All-Star Team…Owns Victoria’s franchise-record for most career points by a defenseman (173) and power play assists (70)…Recorded at least one assist in 36 games during the regular season…Registered 14 multi-assist games on the season…Scored his first point of the season on an assist, 9/26/15 vs. POR…Logged a three-game assist streak (0-6—6), 9/26/15-10/3/15…Notched a power play goal and an assist, 10/30/15 at PA…Passed out three assists, 11/1/15 at SAS…Tallied an assist in five straight games (1-9—10)…Scored a four-game assist streak (0-5—5), 11/14/15-11/21/15…Contributed a power play goal and an assist, 11/28/15 vs. KEL…Picked up a pair of assists, 1/9/16 at PG…Chipped in a power play tally, 1/24/16 vs. VAN…Put together a seven-game point streak (1-8—9) including an assist in five straight, 1/23/16-2/6/16…Netted two assists, 2/13/16 at EVT…Scored a power play and shorthanded goal, 2/27/16 at RD…Tallied a goal and an assist, 2/29/16 at EDM…Produced three assists, 3/5/16 vs. VAN…Closed the regular season with assists in five of the last six games…Good for seven points (1-6—7) in six postseason games…Recorded a goal and two assists in Game 1 of the first round, 3/25/16 vs. SPO…Picked up two assists in Game 6 of the second round, 4/17/16 at KEL…Represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in Finland…As an assistant captain, accounted for three points (1-2—3) in five games during the tournament. 2014-15: As captain for Victoria, ranked second on the team in scoring with 64 points (12-52—64) in 62 games…Ranked as one of the leaders among WHL defensemen with 64 points (2nd), 52 assists (2nd) and 27 power play assists (1st)…Placed among the overall league leaders in assists (T10th) and power play assists (T2nd)…Named to the Western Conference’s Second All-Star Team…Started the season on a three-game point streak (2-2—4), 9/26/14-9/28/14…Notched a goal, assist and a plus-two rating, 10/6/14 vs. POR…Tallied three assists, 10/14/14 at R.D….Picked up a pair of assists, 10/17/14 at LET…Logged a six-game point streak, tallying at least one assist in each game (1-8—9), 10/28/14-11/8/14…Passed out a season-high four assists, 11/15/14 at VAN…Contributed a goal and two assists, 11/19/14 vs. KEL…Chipped in a goal and an assist, 12/5/14 vs. SAS…Recorded an assist in nine straight games (0-12—12), 1/24/15-2/15/15…Closed the season on a three-game point streak (1-2—3), 3/15/15-3/21/15…Accounted for five points (0-5—5) and 10 PIM in 10 postseason games…Contributed three points (0-3—3) in seven games and helped Canada win the gold medal at the World Junior Championships. 2013-14: As an assistant captain with Victoria, recorded 24 points (6-18—24) and 12 PIM in 36 games played…Ranked second in scoring among defensemen on the team and tied for eighth on the team overall…Registered a goal in the second game of the season for his first point of the year, 9/21/13 vs. VAN…Logged a four-game point streak (3-4—7), 10/4/13-10/12/13…Tallied a point in four straight games (1-5—6), 1/31/14-2/5/14…Picked up two points (0-2—2) and nine PIM in nine postseason contests…Scored four points (1-3—4) in seven games and helped Canada win the bronze medal at the U18 World Junior Championships. 2012-13: In his first season with Victoria, recorded 24 points (6-18—24) and 45 PIM in 67 games…Ranked second in scoring among defensemen on the team and ninth overall…Scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in the first game of the season, 9/21/12 at VAN…Picked up a pair of assists, 10/6/12 at T.C….Logged a three-game point streak (1-3—4), 2/5/13-2/8/13…Notched two goals, including the game-winner, 3/15/13 vs. EVT…Appeared in six playoff games and tallied one point (0-1—1).  

Lives in Kamloops, British Columbia…Has a German Shepard named Sascha…Has a younger brother…Greatest hockey memories are winning a gold medal with Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championshp and the 2017 Calder Cup…Started playing hockey at the age of two…Hockey nickname is Hicks…Hockey idol as a youth was Joe Sakic…First job was working as a hockey instructor…Proudest accomplishment is signing an NHL contract being undrafted…Supports ALS charities…If he could trade places for a day with another occupation, he would be a pilot…Also played baseball growing up…Favorite food is steak…Favorite musical artist is Eric Church…Favorite television show is Prison Break…Favorite website is YouTube…Enjoys vacationing in Mexico…Favorite sport to watch other than hockey is baseball…Enjoys fishing, golf and hunting.

Games Played: 73, 2016-17 Assist Streak: 2, four times (MR: 4/14/17-4/15/17)
Goals: 7, 2016-17 Point Streak: 3, 2/10/17-2/15/17
Assists: 27, 2016-17 Goals, Game: 2, 12/7/16 GR vs. CHI
Points: 34, 2016-17 Assists, Game: 3, twice (MR: 3/4/17 GR at TEX)
PIM: 40, 2016-17 Points, Game: 3, twice (MR: 3/4/17 GR at TEX)
Goal Streak: 2, 3/12/17-3/17/17 PIM, Game: 9, 4/9/17 GR at CLE
AHL Game: 10/14/16 GR vs. CHI NHL Game: N/A
AHL Point: 10/15/16 GR at CHI (assist) NHL Point: N/A
AHL Goal: 11/12/16 GR at MIL (Marek Mazanec) NHL Goal: N/A

Career Stats

      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2012-13 Victoria WHL 67 6 18 24 45 6 0 1 1 2
2013-14 Victoria WHL 36 6 18 24 12 9 0 2 2 9
2014-15 Victoria WHL 62 12 52 64 48 10 0 5 5 10
2015-16 Victoria WHL 59 8 53 61 44 6 1 6 7 8
2016-17 Grand Rapids AHL 73 7 27 34 40 19 1 7 8 8
  PRO TOTALS 73 7 27 34 40 19 1 7 8 8



# Name POS
30 Tom McCollum G
31 Jared Coreau G
34 Justin Fazio G


# Name POS
2 Joe Hicketts D
4 Libor Sulak D
5 Robbie Russo D
9 Vili Saarijarvi D
13 Filip Hronek D
17 Marcus Crawford D
18 Brian Lashoff D
20 Dan Renouf D
44 Dennis Cholowski D
52 Dylan McIlrath D


# Name POS
10 Ben Street C
15 Turner Elson C/LW
19 Luke Esposito C/LW
23 Dominic Turgeon C
25 Axel Holmstrom C/LW
26 Eric Tangradi LW
28 Matt Lorito LW
45 Colin Campbell RW
47 Corey Elkins C
55 Matthew Ford RW
65 Dominik Shine RW
73 Matt Puempel RW
77 Evgeny Svechnikov RW