Monday, October 20, 2014

Royals' Hicketts WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Victoria Royals’defenceman Joe Hicketts is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 19, 2014.  

Hicketts amassed a goal and six assists for seven points along with a plus-5 rating in four road games over the past week, helping the Royals post a 3-1-0-0 record in that span.

On Tuesday, October 14th, Hicketts recorded three assists in a 6-5 overtime victory over the Red Deer Rebels.  On Wednesday, October 15th, Hicketts scored his fourth goal of the season in a 3-2 defeat to the Edmonton Oil Kings.  On Friday, October 17th, he notched two assists, including setting up the game-winning goal, and was named the game’s 1st Star in a 4-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  On Saturday, October 18th, Hicketts extended his point streak to four games with an assist in a 4-0 shutout win over the Kootenay Ice.

Hicketts, an 18-year-old from Kamloops, B.C., is in his third season in the WHL with the Victoria Royals.  The 5’8”, 186-lb rearguard has amassed 16 goals and 62 points in 115 career regular-season contests, including four goals and 14 points in 11 games to start the 2014-15 season. The Royals’ first round pick, 12th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft,Hicketts recently signed a three-year entry-level NHL contract with the Detroit Red Wings after attending their training camp in September 2014.

The WHL has also nominated Payton Lee of the Vancouver Giants for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. An 18-year-old product of Cranbrook, B.C., Lee posted a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout in two starts over the past week, allowing just one goal on 50 shots for a 0.50 goals-against average and a .980 save percentage in that span.  On Friday, October 17th, Lee stopped all 23 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season while being named the game’s 1st Star in a 3-0 win over the visiting Kamloops Blazers.  On Saturday, October 18th, Lee made 26 saves on 27 shots to earn his sixth win of the season in a 9-1 victory over the visiting Prince George Cougars.  Lee is in his third season in the WHL with the Giants, posting a 41-43-4-3 record with three shutouts in 94 career appearances.  He selected by the Giants in the second round, 28th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.  Lee is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Joe Hicketts, Victoria Royals
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Ivan Nikolishin, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Madison Bowey, Kelowna Rockets
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Carson Stadnyk, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 19 – Sept. 21: Jay Merkley, Swift Current Broncos


Corey St. Laurent

Senior Manager, Communications

Western Hockey League

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