The Washington Capitals have announced that they’ve re-signed Hershey Bears defenseman Colby Williams to a one-year, two-way contract. Williams was a restricted free agent.
The defenseman will receive $700k at the NHL level and $90k at the AHL level. According to Cap Friendly, the $90k AHL salary is a $20k salary increase from his previous deal.
Highlights from the Bears, including Williams, visiting Hershey Park in 2016
The 24-year-old blueliner has played three full seasons in the AHL since his final year with the Regina Pats, where he captained his junior team. Williams has 43 points in 163 career AHL games. Williams is a beloved teammate and during the season started a humorous podcast with Connor Hobs and Chocolate Hockey’s Kyle Mace called Bears Blueline.
Here’s a sampling.
Does @Jayson_Megna save @chobbs15 and @ColbyWilliams22 before time runs out? Find out if the boys become U.S. Citizens (kinda) on the next episode of Bears Blueline – coming this weekend to Chocolate Hockey. pic.twitter.com/9WYp3QsCIm
— Chocolate Hockey (@ChocHockey) January 19, 2019
Williams is the latest Bears defenseman to sign this week including Erik Burgdoerfer, who played with the team from 2014-2016. Burgdoerfer played in four games last season for the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. Following his time with the Bears, the former RPI standout skated in eight NHL games with Buffalo and Ottawa, notching an assist.
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The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Colby Williams to a one-year, two-way contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Williams’ contract will carry an average annual salary of $700,000 ($90,000 AHL).
Williams, 24, recorded 10 assists in 36 games with the Hershey Bears (AHL) last season.
In 165 career AHL, all with Hershey, the Regina, Sask., native has recorded 43 points (7g, 36a) and 167 penalty minutes.
The 6’0″, 200-pound defenseman played for the Regina Pats (WHL) for six seasons from 2010-16 and registered 104 points (25g, 79a) in 211 career games. In addition, he served as captain of the Pats during the 2015-16 season.
Williams was drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round, 173rd overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.
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