Hicketts of Kamloops gets fresh start with Minnesota Wild

Joe Hicketts has joined the Minnesota Wild.

Hicketts, the 5-foot-8, 180-pound defenceman from Kamloops, signed a two-way deal with the NHL club worth $1.5 million ($750,000 per year in NHL/$300,000 per year in AHL).

The 25-year-old D-man has spent the first five seasons of his professional career in the Detroit Red Wings' organization, playing mostly for the club's AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Hicketts, who won a Calder Cup with the Griffins in 2017, led the AHL club in scoring among defencemen in the pandemic-shortened 2020-2021 campaign, racking up 18 points, including one goal, in 32 games.

He has five assists in 22 NHL games, along with 16 goals and 118 points in 286 AHL games.

Minnesota's AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild, are based in Des Moines.

The Wild are coached by Dean Evason, formerly head coach of the Kamloops Blazers and a forward for the Kamloops Junior Oilers.

Minnesota selected a pair of Blazers last weekend in the NHL Draft — forwards Caedan Bankier and Josh Pillar.

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