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Joe Hicketts Signs A Two-Year Contract

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today re-signed defenseman Joe Hicketts to a two-year contract.

Hicketts, 23, skated in 11 games with the Red Wings during the 2018-19 campaign and has totaled 16 NHL appearances over the last two seasons, compiling three assists, two penalty minutes, 18 shots on goal, 26 hits and 39 blocked shots in 18:12 average time on ice. Hicketts also appeared in 64 games with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins in 2018-19 and more-than-doubled his point total from the previous season, leading the team’s defensemen with 27 points (3-24-27) in 64 games. Entering his fourth professional season, Hicketts has played 204 AHL games with the Griffins since 2016-17, posting 73 points (13-60-73), a plus-seven rating and 139 penalty minutes. He captured a 2017 Calder Cup championship as a rookie and has recorded 11 points (1-10-11), a plus-seven rating and 18 penalty minutes in 29 career AHL postseason games.

A native of Kamloops, British Columbia, Hicketts was originally signed by the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2014-15 season. Before turning pro, the 5-foot-8, 180-pound defenseman spent four seasons with the Victoria Royals in the Western Hockey League, notching 173 points (32-141-173), a plus-69 rating and 149 penalty minutes in 224 regular-season contests and 15 points (1-14-15) and 29 penalty minutes in 31 WHL playoff games. He served as Victoria’s captain from 2014-16 and posted consecutive 60-point seasons for the team, earning him a spot on the WHL West Second All-Star Team in 2015 and the First All-Star Team in 2016. Additionally, Hicketts has represented Canada in international play on multiple occasions, including the 2015 and 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships. Hicketts won gold in 2015 and served as an alternate captain in 2016, registering six points (1-5-6) in 12 games over the two tournaments. He also earned medals at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (gold), 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (silver) and 2014 World Under-18 Championship (bronze).

Joe Hicketts, Defense
Born May 4 1996 -- Kamloops, BC
Height 5.08 -- Weight 180 -- Shoots L

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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2012-13  Victoria Royals             WHL    67    6   18   24   45   6   0   1   1   2
2013-14  Victoria Royals             WHL    36    6   18   24   12   9   0   2   2   9
2014-15  Victoria Royals             WHL    62   12   52   64   48  10   0   5   5  10
2015-16  Victoria Royals             WHL    59    8   53   61   44   6   1   6   7   8
2016-17  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL    73    7   27   34   40  19   1   7   8   8
2017-18  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL    67    3    9   12   32   5   0   2   2   2
2017-18  Detroit Red Wings           NHL     5    0    3    3    2  --  --  --  --  --
2018-19  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    11    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
2018-19  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL    64    3   24   27   67   5   0   1   1   8
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         NHL Totals                         16    0    3    3    2

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Down River Dan's avatar

Not sure “little” Joe will ever play significant minutes with the big club, but I’m pulling for him big time.

During the draft this past month you constantly heard scouts from all the various teams say that their newest guy had big compete level.

Hicketts has compete level in spades, and compared with some other Wings D-men, can really skate well.

He’s definitely facing increased competition with some of the newest free agent signings and recent draft picks. Maybe he plateaus at the AHL level, but I would much rather have Hicketts and his hustle over some of the older/ overpaid D-men in our system.

Posted by Down River Dan on 07/17/19 at 05:44 PM ET

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In other Detroit related news,

from Tony Paul of the Detroit News,

Former Red Wing Greg Johnson died of an apparent suicide, according to a Rochester Police report obtained by The Detroit News.

Johnson was found by his wife, Kristin, shortly before 10 a.m. on July 7 in a storage room in the couple’s basement. A gun and a single bullet were found near Johnson, according to police.

An autopsy has been completed by the Oakland County Medical Examiner, which declined Wednesday to discuss its findings.

Johnson, who played for the Red Wings from 1993-97, was 48.

“We couldn’t believe it,” said Tom Laidlaw, Johnson’s longtime agent, who declined to discuss the specifics surrounding Johnson’s death.

continued

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/17/19 at 07:16 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

I’m with you Dan.
I said 2 years ago they should have bought out Ericsson to made room for Hicketts.
The kid is all heart ... something many NHL teams want, and something any team needs if you want to win a Stanley Cup.

Not that I want summer to disappear too quickly but, this is another training camp I’m really looking forward to. Can’t wait to see who steps up and forces the Wings to keep them in Detroit.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 07/17/19 at 07:25 PM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/17/19 at 08:16 PM ET

Oh my goodness…

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/17/19 at 07:53 PM ET

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I look forward to seeing Hicketts on the team someday. He’s a promising player with a whole lotta heart and soul—something we can use.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 07/17/19 at 08:25 PM ET

I’ve been dealing with heat index levels between 115-120 for the past two weeks. Summer can get bent. Bring on Fall already!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/17/19 at 08:00 PM ET

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I don’t think he is waiver eligible anymore, so I wouldn’t be surprised if some team snags him after a short call up stint. I doubt he gets claimed to start the season unless some team has D go down in preseason with long term injuries.

Posted by petesrw on 07/17/19 at 08:57 PM ET

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Former Red Wing Greg Johnson died of an apparent suicide

Very sad and depressing. I can never figure out why people commit suicide. sick

Posted by bigfrog on 07/17/19 at 10:16 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Well hell, that’s truly sad.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 07/18/19 at 01:31 AM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Former Red Wing Greg Johnson died of an apparent suicide

Sadly, suicide has been steadily increasing since the beginning of this millennium (I have my theories since I was part of the psychiatric field for many years and not just as a patient) .The last few year we have seen well known, well to do people taking this exit, Anthony Bourdain, Chris Cornell, Todd Ewen, Wade Belak…..
the list is really too long.

If you or someone you knows has spoken of suicide or are doing things that does not fit their M.O. reach out to them or if it is you reach out to someone. Suicide hurts a family in many different layers and takes many years for the family to recover if at all. People who do suicide are in such a black hole that those feelings and welfare for even their family becomes cutoff.

Suicide Hotline:
1-800-273-8255

https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/18/19 at 06:47 AM ET

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That’s a lot of defensemen under contract but makes some sense given the dire need to improve the area, the number coming off the books after next season and the injury concerns. It’s going to be really interesting to how this all plays out. Maybe Yzerman will be more willing than Holland to put a veteran on waivers than potentially lose Hicketts for nothing.

One thing is clear. Yzerman was not happy with the Red Wing’s defense. Nemeth, Kaski, Seider, Cholo, Hicketts, McIsaac and Lindstrom should be enough to avoid any complacency.

Posted by evileye on 07/18/19 at 09:17 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Even his home town sounds like a fairy tale village of small people.  Kamloops.

Posted by RWBill on 07/18/19 at 10:42 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

I think his 26 hits and 39 blocked shots in just 16 games with Detroit tells you all you need to know about Lil’ Joe’s compete level. I’d take him over E-52 or Daley right now if they could unload either of those contracts.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/18/19 at 10:58 AM ET

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Posted by evileye on 07/18/19 at 10:17 AM ET

That’s a lot of defensemen under contract but makes some sense given the dire need to improve the area, the number coming off the books after next season and the injury concerns. That’s correct, Green, Ericson, Dailey, are all often injured and more importantly, done after this years and all are trade deadline chips, and Kronwall if he comes back of course. 

Consider that beyond this season, we only have DDK and Nemeth as guaranteed NHL Dmen of 2021,  Hronek is going into a sophmore season, though he’s seems like a lock to be an NHL regular, I’m not entirely sold on Bowey yet, still some risk on Cholo and more as you go down the list. 

Maybe Yzerman will be more willing than Holland to put a veteran on waivers than potentially lose Hicketts for nothing. He’s going to be more willing because the 3 above have only 1 year left, its a much easier decision to waive them at this point.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 07/18/19 at 11:01 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Well, Rafalski was five-nine and while he wasn’t overly physical in any means, his sense made bruising forwards think twice about whether or not to make a check on him else he’ll find his skater in the open ice.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/18/19 at 04:05 PM ET

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Rafalski was five-nine and while he wasn’t overly physical in any means, his sense made bruising forwards think twice about whether or not to make a check on him else he’ll find his skater in the open ice.

Rafalski was a heck of a player.  Incredibly gifted at being at the right place and the right time, and always timed his passes well.  His style perfectly fit his play, and he could juke out of just about any hit.

I can’t think of any player currently playing who resembles him.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/18/19 at 04:12 PM ET

hockeyfreak13's avatar

Rafalski was a heck of a player

And yet I’ll always remember him as the player who failed to intercept the pass to Crosby in the 2010 gold medal game. Unfair, I know.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 07/19/19 at 06:32 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Unfair, I know.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 07/19/19 at 07:32 AM ET

Probably, as he was named the best defenseman of the tournament and the all-tournament team, but we remember glaring and untimely mistakes.

Posted by RWBill on 07/19/19 at 11:49 AM ET

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Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 07/19/19 at 07:32 AM ET

I think it’s very fair. Rafalski had a high ratio or Takeaway to Giveaway on the negative side.

See here while just with the Wings:
https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/r/rafalbr01-advanced.html

GV:231
TK: 79

I used always bitch how he cough up the puck. When he was on he was amazing, but when he was off he wasn’t. It’s not like he was one of the greatest Dmen of all time so lets not get into outer space here.

 

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/19/19 at 12:39 PM ET

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I like Hicketts, he plays tough similar to Bertuzzi. Can’t hurt to give him another shot. IMO tall defensemen seem to be an advantage with their long stick sweeps especially on PKs. Here’s an article on power play performance,
https://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2019/4/22/18310715/red-wings-2018-19-power-play-wrap-up

Posted by stateofmifan on 07/21/19 at 12:09 PM ET

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