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Detroit recalls Joe Hicketts

Justin Abdelkader placed on injured reserve

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Joe Hicketts from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings placed left wing Justin Abdelkader on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 23.

Hicketts has skated in eight games with the Griffins this season, logging seven points (0-7-7) which leads all Grand Rapids defenseman and is tied for fifth among all AHL blueliners. The 23-year-old logged 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. Currently in his fourth professional season, Hicketts has appeared in 212 AHL games with the Griffins since 2016-17, posting 80 points (13-67-80), a plus-five rating and 243 penalty minutes. He captured a 2017 Calder Cup championship as a rookie and has totaled 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

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