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(ISN) – Victoria, BC-ISN would like to congratulate defenceman Joe Hicketts on being named to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2015 World Junior Championships.

Hicketts will be the first Royal to play for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships. In two pre-tournament games with Team Canada against the CIS Selects, Hicketts recorded an assist.

In 31 games for Victoria this season, Hicketts has notched 38 points (8g-30a) and 32 penalty minutes to lead all Canadian Hockey League defencemen in scoring. Hicketts also skated in two games for Team WHL in this year’s SUBWAY Super Series against Team Russia and registered one goal and one assist.

The 5-8, 175 lb defender was one of 10 defenders from across Canada that was invited to the National Junior Team Selection Camp earlier in December. Hicketts joins Royals’ Head Coach Dave Lowry on Team Canada. Lowry along with Scott Walker of the Guelph Storm is one of the two assistant coaches to Head Coach Benoit Groulx of the Gatineau Olympiques (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League). The annual tournament begins on Friday, December 26th with Team Canada taking on Slovakia in Montreal, QUE.

The product of Kamloops, BC 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.