Joe HIcketts with Calder Cup

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Joe Hicketts will be showing off hardware at Riverside Park on July 23.

The defenceman from Kamloops will bring the American Hockey League championship trophy, the Calder Cup, to the park for an event that will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. behind the Kamloops Sports Council building.

Hicketts helped the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 4-3 victory over the Syracuse Crunch in Game 6 of the AHL final in June to secure a 4-2 series victory.

PacificSport Interior BC is playing host to the event, at which fans will be able to meet Hicketts and obtain his autograph.

Hicketts won gold with Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship and starred with the Victoria Royals in the Western Hockey League after graduating from the Kamloops Minor Hockey Association ranks.

The Griffins are the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, with whom Hicketts signed in 2014.

The trophy is named after Frank Calder, who served as the National Hockey League’s first President from 1917 to 1943.

During the 1920s, Calder was instrumental in guiding hockey into the mainstream of America’s major cities, including Boston, New York, Detroit and Chicago, while helping in the formation of the American league.

The Calder Cup trophy itself was first awarded in 1938 to the Providence Reds for winning the second International-American Hockey League championship.

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