Royals’ Joe Hicketts Earns Invite ToTeam Canada’s U18 Training Camp


April 5, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that rookie defenceman Joe Hicketts has been named to Hockey Canada’s training camp in advance of the 2013 IIHF Under-18 World Championships taking place between April 18-28 in Sochi, Russia.

The training camp will see 21 players from across Canada compete for a spot on Team Canada, coached by Don Hay, and will take place from April 6-10 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, ON. Hicketts is one of just six 1996-born players who earned an invite to this year’s training camp.

Hicketts, a 5-8 rearguard, recently completed his rookie season with the Royals and posted 24 points (6g-18a) over 67 games played. Named at the club’s 2012-13 Rookie of the Year, Hicketts also notched one assist in six games during the 2013 WHL Playoffs.

Drafted 12th overall in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, Hicketts is no stranger to Hockey Canada. The Kamloops, BC native was named captain of Team Pacific for the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge this past season where he registered six points (1g-5a) in five games of competition. The rookie blueliner was also named as the captain of Team Canada for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games last year where he collected five points (0g-5a) en route to a bronze medal.

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