Thursday afternoon, Capitals General Manager Brian McLellan announced that the organization has recalled goaltender Pheonix Copley from the Hershey Bears.
According to The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, the reason for the recall is purely for insurance purposes for the playoffs.
I’m told it’s just a move for insurance during the playoffs. Don’t read too much into it.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 12, 2018
The full press release from the Capitals follows below.
The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Pheonix Copley from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Copley, 26, has posted a record of 15-17-6 record with two shutouts, a 2.91 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage in 41 games with Hershey this season.
Copley posted a 26-11-3 record with one shutout, a 2.25 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 41 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves and Hershey Bears in 2016-17. The North Pole, Alaska, native ranked seventh in the AHL in goals-against average, tied for seventh in wins and tied for eighth in save percentage. In 142 career AHL games with Hershey and Chicago, Copley posted a 72-47-15 record with nine shutouts, a 2.53 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. The 6’4”, 196-pound goaltender appeared in two career NHL games with the St. Louis Blues. Copley made his NHL debut on Feb. 27, 2016, at Nashville and made 24 saves in his first career NHL start on Jan. 21, 2017 at Winnipeg.
The Capitals acquired Copley from the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 27, 2017, along with defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk for Zach Sanford, Brad Malone and a first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Washington re-signed Copley to a two-year contract on June 28, 2017.
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