Former Okanagan Hockey Academy student athlete Joe Hicketts has been called up by the Detroit Red Wings.
Hicketts, 21, is expected to make his NHL debut on Monday night against the New Jersey Devils.
The Kamloops, B.C. product spent the 2011-12 season attending the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, registering 12 points (6-6-12) in 12 Canadian Sport School Hockey League games with the OHA Midget Prep team, along with 54 points (17-37-54) in 51 games overall.
After a four-year junior hockey career with the Victoria Royals, two of which as team captain, Hicketts joined the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins in 2016, where he was part of the Calder Cup Championship team. In 116 career AHL games, he has registered 42 points (9-33-42).
The 5-foot-8 defenceman represented Canada twice at the World Juniors, winning the gold medal in 2015.
During his illustrious career with the Royals, Hicketts was named to the WHL (West) First All-Star Team in 2016, Second All-Star Team in 2015, and finished with 173 points (32-141-173) in 224 career WHL regular season games, along with 15 points (1-14-15) in 29 career post-season contests.
Hicketts becomes the second OHA alum to make his NHL debut, following current Calgary Flames forward Curtis Lazar, who made his debut in 2014 with the Ottawa Senators.
OHA was amazing for the development of my hockey career; the skills you learn allow you to excel when you move on to the next level."