The Victoria Royals alumnus Joe Hicketts is playing in his first career NHL game tonight with the Detroit Red Wings against the New Jersey Devils.
The product of Kamloops, BC, is the first player in Victoria Royals’ history to play in a NHL regular season contest. Hicketts began his junior career with the Royals as the organization’s first ever draft choice (2011 WHL Bantam Draft – 12th overall).
The 5-8, 180 lb Hicketts, who served as the Royals’ captain from 2014 to 2016, played in 225 games over four seasons in Victoria (2011-16) where he registered 173 points (32g-141a). The defender ended his Royals’ career as the franchise leader in points by a defenceman (173), assists by a defenceman (141), and powerplay assists by a defenceman (71).
The 21-year-old Hicketts has spent the past two seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League and has earned 42 points (9g-33a) in 116 games. During the 2016-17 season, Hicketts helped the Griffins captured the Calder Cup as AHL Champions. He was originally signed by Detroit as a free agent in 2014 after he attended the team’s training camp.