Monday, 1 December 2014

Hicketts Invited to Team Canada WJ Selection Camp

Victoria’s Joe Hicketts is the first Royal to attend the National Junior Team Selection Camp for the World Junior Championships.

For Immediate Release
Monday, December 2, 2014

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that defenceman Joe Hicketts has been named to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp for the upcoming 2015 World Junior Championships.

The native of Kamloops, BC will be the first Royal to participate in the National Junior Team Selection Camp and currently leads all defencemen in the Canadian Hockey League in points with 36 (7g-29a) in 28 games. Hicketts also skated in two games for Team WHL in this year’s SUBWAY Super Series against Team Russia and recorded one goal and one assist.

The 5-8, 175 lb defender has been involved with Hockey Canada in the past. This past April, Hicketts won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the World Under-18 Hockey Championships in Finland. He also took home a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament where he was named an alternate captain.

The selection camp will see 29 players born in 1995 or later from across Canada compete for a spot on Team Canada. This will take place from December 11-15 in Toronto and St. Catharines, ON. This year the team is coached by Beniot Groulx of the Gatineau Olympiques (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League), Royals’ Head Coach Dave Lowry and Guelph Storm (Ontario Hockey League) Head Coach Scott Walker. The annual tournament will take place from December 26, 2014 to January 5, 2015 in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QUE.

MONTREAL, Que. - Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Monday that 29 players have been invited to attend Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, beginning Dec. 11 at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Toronto, Ont.

The roster includes two goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 17 forwards. Canada’s final roster for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal will include 22 players, and must be finalized by Dec. 25.

This year, the WHL will send 14 players to the Selection Camp. 

Josh Morrissey (Calgary, AB / Prince Albert Raiders),
Nic Petan (Delta, BC / Portland Winterhawks) 
Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, BC / Kootenay ICE) 

...will all return to the camp after representing Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden. Last year,9 WHL players attended the Selection Camp.

Eric Comrie (Edmonton, AB / Tri-City Americans) is one of two goaltenders attending camp while 

Rourke Chartier (Saskatoon, SK / Kelowna Rockets), 
Morgan Klimchuk (Calgary, AB / Regina Pats), 
Brayden Point (Calgary, AB / Moose Jaw Warriors) and 
Jake Virtanen (Abbotsford, BC / Calgary Hitmen) will all be part of the forward group attending.

Seven of the 10 defencemen attending the Selection Camp hail from the WHL. In addition to Morrissey, Madison Bowey (Winnipeg, MB / Kelowna Rockets), 
Haydn Fleury (Carlyle, SK / Red Deer Rebels), 
Dillon Heatherington (Calgary, AB / Swift Current Broncos), 
Joe Hicketts (Kamloops, BC / Victoria Royals), 
Travis Sanheim (Elkhorn, MB / Calgary Hitmen) and 
Shea Theodore (Aldergrove, BC / Seattle Thunderbirds) 

...will all challenge for a spot on Team Canada.

In total, 26 of the players named to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp were drafted in either the 2013 or 2014 NHL Entry Drafts, including 15 first-round selections and seven second-round picks.

“This is a special IIHF World Junior Championship, and the opportunity to play at home in front of Canadian fans should make for a very competitive selection camp,” said Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations and national teams with Hockey Canada. “We’re looking forward to getting the camp underway, and selecting 22 players who will make Canada proud with the performance this holiday season. I also want to say a huge thank you to Ryan Jankowski, Bruce Hamilton, and the rest of the Program of Excellence management group for their time, their passion and their wisdom.”

“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League, congratulations and best of luck to all of the players invited to Canada's National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp,” said David Branch, president of the Canadian Hockey League. “The partnership between Hockey Canada and the CHL is a special one, and we’re excited to watch our players wear the Canadian jersey with pride in Toronto and Montreal.”

“I would like to congratulate the 29 players who received an invitation today,” said Ryan Jankowski, director of player personnel with Hockey Canada. “There is a tremendous amount of depth in junior hockey in Canada, and to be among this group is a tremendous accomplishment. I would also like to thank the general managers and coaches of the Canadian Hockey League for their great support throughout this process.”

In regards to eligible players currently in the NHL, Hockey Canada will continue to communicate with NHL teams and is hopeful players may still be made available to Canada’s National Junior Team prior to the NHL’s roster freeze deadline on Dec. 19.

Canada opens the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day when it faces Slovakia in Montreal. All of Canada’s games at the World Juniors will be broadcast live by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada; check local listings for broadcast times in your area.

Complete ticket information for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, and all 10 RBC Road to the World Juniors pre-tournament games, can be found at

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