The Washington Capitals announced Friday morning that they have recalled The Big Tuna, Liam O’Brien, from AHL Hershey. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and weighing 215 pounds, the enforcer has turned himself more into a finisher at the AHL level this season, tallying 18 points in 28 games and nine points in his last eight games. He’s only dropped the gloves two times this season.
This is not the tonguing O’Brien’s first stint in Washington. The forward (who resembles WWE’s Sheamus) played in 13 games during the 2014-15 season, tallying a goal and an assist. But he drove play big time, tallying a 54.9 shot attempt percentage and a +3.9 relative shot attempt percentage.
Without an extra forward available after sending down Jakub Vrana earlier in the week, the team decided it wanted insurance ahead of their road trip in Ottawa and Montreal.
.@ob61 is slick and he showed it here: pic.twitter.com/mpjfKGnaX8
— Andrew Gallant (@AGallanzo) January 6, 2017
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The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Liam O’Brien from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
O’Brien, 22, has registered two points (one goal, one assist) in 13 career games with the Capitals. The 6’1”, 215-pound forward made his NHL debut on Oct. 9, 2014 against Montreal and earned his first NHL point with an assist on Oct. 14, 2014 against San Jose. O’Brien scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 26, 2014 at Vancouver. He signed with Washington as a free agent on Oct. 6, 2014.
O’Brien has recorded 18 points (5g, 13a) in 28 games with Hershey this season and ranks third on the team in penalty minutes (48), sixth in assists and seventh in points. O’Brien recorded a career-high three points (2g, 1a) on Dec. 30 against Bridgeport and has registered five multi-point games this season. Last season, he set career highs in goals (7), assists (9), points (16) and games played (59). The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native has earned 42 points (16g, 26a) in 132 career AHL games with Hershey.
Welcome back, Liam!
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