By Rachel Cohen
The Capitals have announced that they have recalled forward Travis Boyd from AHL Hershey. This will be Boyd’s second time up in the big leagues this season. He made his NHL debut on December 4 against the San Jose Sharks, playing in that game and one more before reassignment.
Boyd has 44 points in 56 games with the Bears this season, second most on the team. He recently had a four-goal game which he dedicated to his daughter.
The 24-year-old forward joined the team at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for its optional morning skate.
Travis Boyd is skating at practice this morning #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/AUJ6Suh9x0
— Donya✨ (@virtual_don) February 27, 2018
According to the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, Boyd’s will remain on the team for the rest of the season.
Travis Boyd is going to be around for the majority of the rest of the season. Depth addition going forward. Could back to Hershey, but Caps plan to keep him around for the most part.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) February 27, 2018
According to the NHL CBA, the 23-man roster limit ends after the trade deadline.
The 23-man roster limit is in place from the conclusion of the preseason until 12:01 am on the day of the NHL’s Trade Deadline. After that teams are allowed to have an unlimited active roster at the NHL level, provided players are signed to one of their 50 contract slots.
Here’s the press release from the Caps:
The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Travis Boyd from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Boyd, 24, recorded 44 points (15g, 29a) in 56 games with Hershey this season, which ranks second on the Bears and is tied for 12th in the AHL. Additionally, the Hopkins, Minn. native’s 24 power play points (7g, 17a) leads the Bears, while his 17 power play assists are tied for second in the AHL. Boyd has recorded 14 multi-point games this season.
Boyd made his NHL debut against the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 4 and has played in two games for the Capitals this season.
Boyd registered 63 points (16g, 47a) in 76 games with the Bears during the 2016-17 season, setting career highs in points, assists and plus/minus (+19). The 5’11”, 185-pound forward led Hershey in points and assists last season and was named team MVP. In addition, he finished the season ranked tied for third in the AHL in assists and tied for sixth in points. Boyd was named to the AHL’s Second All-Star Team for the 2016-17 season and represented the Atlantic Division at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic. Boyd has registered 162 points (53g, 109a) in 210 career AHL games with Hershey.
Drafted with the Capitals’ sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft, Boyd played in four seasons for the University of Minnesota and recorded 96 points (32g, 64a) in 148 collegiate games. Boyd won the Big Ten championship in the 2014-15 season and was named to the Big Ten’s Second All-Star Team. Additionally, Boyd won a gold medal for Team USA in the U-18 World Junior Championship in 2011.
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