Royals’ Joe Hicketts Earns Spot On Team Canada


Corey St. Laurent

July 29, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that defenceman Joe Hicketts has been named to Team Canada’s Under-18 team by Hockey Canada for the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

The announcement of the 22-man roster was made by Hockey Canada today after the completion of Team Canada’s Under-18 selection camp in Toronto, ON. Hicketts was one of 42 players born in 1996 who competed in the selection camp. The 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament will take place between August 5-10 in Piestany, Slovakia and Breclav, Czech Republic.

Most recently, Hicketts suited up for Team Canada last April in Sochi, Russia when he took part in two exhibition games at the 2013 IIHF Under-18 World Championships as an underage player. Hicketts, a 5-8 rearguard, completed his rookie season with the Royals last year and posted 24 points (6g-18a) over 67 games played. Named 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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