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Joe Hicketts talks about turning pro with the Griffins

Joe Hicketts is currently a "Black Ace" for the Grand Rapids Griffins, and he spoke with the Victoria Times-Colonist's Mario Annicchiarico regarding his attempts to make a good impression on Todd Nelson and the Griffins' coaching staff as Hicketts prepares to turn pro next fall:

Victoria Royals captain Joe Hicketts received some advice from both head coach Dave Lowry and general manager Cam Hope in exit meetings before joining the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League for the remainder of the playoff season.

“They just said they figured I would be going and good luck with everything and go up there and make an impression,” Hicketts said shortly after arriving in Michigan on Sunday where the Griffins are leading the Milwaukee Admirals 2-0 in the best-of-five Central Division semifinals. Game 3 is set for tonight.

“I’m sure it’s the first step for a tryout for next year, so it’s going to be exciting. That’s the goal,” he said of playing in the minors. “As much as I love Victoria, it’s time to move my hockey career to the next level and the minor-pro league is probably best for that.

“I’m going to work hard this summer and give myself a real opportunity to do that. I’ve done a lot in the WHL and with two world juniors. I’ve got the experience and know what it takes to get to that next level. I’m looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.”

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Hicketts, 19, will now try and compete with and against players, in some instances, almost twice his age. Longtime NHLer Daniel Cleary is on the Griffins’ roster.

“I get to experience the next level of hockey. I’m not sure if I’ll get in the lineup or not, but I’ll get to learn from the older players and see what pro hockey is about again,” he said. “Last year, I came in wide-eyed and didn’t know how to soak it all in. This year, I know what to expect a little more and I can try and make the most of it.”

Annicchiarico continues...

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