(ISN) – Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that defenceman Joe Hicketts has been named to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp for the upcoming 2015 World Junior Championships.
The native of Kamloops, BC will be the first Royal to participate in the National Junior Team Selection Camp and currently leads all defencemen in the Canadian Hockey League in points with 36 (7g-29a) in 28 games. Hicketts also skated in two games for Team WHL in this year’s SUBWAY Super Series against Team Russia and recorded one goal and one assist.
The 5-8, 175 lb defender has been involved with Hockey Canada in the past. This past April, Hicketts won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the World Under-18 Hockey Championships in Finland. He also took home a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament where he was named an alternate captain.
The selection camp will see 29 players born in 1995 or later from across Canada compete for a spot on Team Canada. This will take place from December 11-15 in Toronto and St. Catharines, ON. This year the team is coached by Beniot Groulx of the Gatineau Olympiques (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League), Royals’ Head Coach Dave Lowry and Guelph Storm (Ontario Hockey League) Head Coach Scott Walker. The annual tournament will take place from December 26, 2014 to January 5, 2015 in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QUE.