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Joe Hicketts

Position: D
Date of Birth: 05/04/1996
Height: 5' 8"   Weight: 175 lbs
Shoots: L
Birthplace: Kamloops, British Columbia
Drafted: Undrafted
Last Amateur Team: 2015-16 Victoria (WHL)


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First season as a Griffin…First year pro…Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 9/24/14…Reassigned from Victoria by Detroit, 4/20/15…Reassigned from Victoria by Detroit, 4/24/16…Assigned by Detroit, 10/8/16.

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 dog Sascha, a shepherd husky mix…Has a younger brother…Greatest hockey memory is winning a gold medal with Canada at the World Junior Championships…Started playing hockey at the age of four as a forward…Hockey nickname is Hicks…Hockey idol as a youth was Joe Sakic…Chose his jersey number because that’s what he wore in juniors…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his dad because he has helped and pushed him…Dream job is being a pilot…First job was working in lawn maintenance…Greatest personal obstacle he’s overcome is being injured in his draft year…Favorite charities are those that support ALS and cancer…If he could trade places for a day with another occupation he would be a pilot…Also played baseball and lacrosse growing up…Favorite food is prime rib…Enjoys country music and his favorite singer is Eric Church…Favorite movie is Deepwater Horizon…Favorite television show is Prison Break…Favorite website is YouTube…Favorite book is Lone Survivor…Enjoys vacationing in Hawaii…Roots for the Seattle Seahawks and the Toronto Blue Jays…Least favorite sports team is the Tampa Bay Rays…Other than hockey, favorite sport to spectate is baseball…Enjoys fishing, camping and baseball.

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



# Name POS
35 Cal Heeter G
40 Eddie Pasquale G


# Name POS
2 Joe Hicketts D
4 Nathan Paetsch D
5 Robbie Russo D
17 Matt Caito D
18 Brian Lashoff D
20 Dan Renouf D
44 Conor Allen D


# Name POS
10 Ben Street C
11 Daniel Cleary LW
15 Mitch Callahan RW
19 Tomas Nosek C
21 Mike Borkowski C
22 Louis-Marc Aubry C
23 Dominic Turgeon C
26 Eric Tangradi LW
27 Martin Frk RW
28 Matt Lorito C
29 Dylan Sadowy RW
32 Drew Miller LW
39 Tyler Bertuzzi LW
45 Colin Campbell RW
51 Kyle Criscuolo C
55 Matthew Ford RW
77 Evgeny Svechnikov RW

Detroit Red Wings

# Name POS
31 Jared Coreau G
14 Nick Jensen D
8 Anthony Mantha LW