The Hershey Bears announced they have signed Capitals 2016 fifth-round pick Beck Malenstyn to an amateur try-out. Malenstyn currently plays as a forward for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen.
The feisty, 6-foot 2-inch winger quadrupled his goal total from last year, scoring 32 goals in 70 games. Malenstyn also added 56 points and 60 penalty minutes, including two fights.
The Bears also announced that they released Kris Bindulis from his amateur tryout. Bindulis will join his native Latvia for upcoming 2017 World Championships.
(Hershey, PA- April 4, 2017) – The Hershey Bears hockey team announced today that forward Beck Malenstyn has been signed to an amateur tryout agreement. Additionally, the club has announced that defenseman Kris Bindulis has been released from his amateur tryout agreement.
Malenstyn, 19, was a fifth round selection of the Washington Capitals in the 2016 NHL Draft. He joins Hershey from the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League where he played for former Hershey head coach Mark French. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound forward had a breakout season with the Hitmen, scoring 56 points (32 goals, 24 assists) in 70 games. He finished both second on the team in goals and points. The native of Delta, BC has posted 96 points (48 goals, 48 assists) in 196 games over parts of five seasons with the Hitmen.
Bindulis, 21, was released from his amateur tryout as he will join his native Latvia for upcoming 2017 World Championships.
Hershey hits the road for three games this week. The Bears are outside of the Atlantic Division playoff picture by just one point with five games remaining. Hershey’s next game is at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday at the PPL Center as the club rematches with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The game may be heard on the Bears Radio Network and viewed on AHL Live.
Malenstyn spoke to Mike Vogel in July about his draft day experience and his development in the WHL.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 14, 2016
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