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Joe Hicketts returns to Red Wings

Former undrafted free agent has skated in 21 career NHL games

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Joe Hicketts from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins and placed right wing Givani Smith on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 14.

Hicketts has split his fourth professional seasons between the Red Wings and Griffins, notching two points (0-2-2), six shots on goal, 10 hits, 10 blocked shots and 18:46 average time on ice in five NHL games. In 11 games with the Griffins this season, the 23-year-old has recorded seven points (0-9-9). Hicketts has appeared in 21 NHL games over the last three seasons, registering five points (0-5-5), four penalty minutes, 24 shots on goal, 36 hits and 49 blocked shots in 18:20 average time on ice. Hicketts has also competed in 215 AHL games with the Griffins since 2016-17, posting 82 points (13-69-82), a plus-eight rating and 147 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, tallying 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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