Corey St. Laurent

August 12, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that defenceman Joe Hicketts has won a gold medal with Team Canada’s Under-18 team after defeating Team USA 4-0 at the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

The win marked Hicketts’ first international gold medal while Team Canada picked up its sixth consecutive gold at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament. Named an alternate captain by Head Coach Dale Hunter, Hicketts picked up two assists and eight penalty minutes through five games at the prestigious annual event.

Hicketts’ first taste of action with the Under-18 team came when he suited up for Team Canada last April. Hicketts took part in two exhibition games at the 2013 IIHF Under-18 World Championships in Sochi, Russia as an underage player. The 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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