The Washington Capitals announced Wednesday morning that forward Joe Snively has been re-assigned to the Hershey Bears on a long-term injury conditioning loan.
Snively has been out of action this season since the final day of February and on long-term injured reserve since the middle of March due to wrist surgery. The “long-term” conditioning loan can last a max of six days or three games in the AHL which will make him eligible to play in Hershey’s opening-round playoff series versus the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
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Snively participated in Bears’ practice Wednesday morning.
The Herndon, VA native, donning a non-contact sweater, was involved in Sunday’s morning skate before the Capitals’ game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Before that, he had been working with the Capitals’ strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish on a more individual basis.
In his rookie season in the NHL, he has played in twelve games and recorded seven points. In mid-March, he signed a two-year, $1.6 million extension that will keep him with the team through the 2023-24 season. He was originally scheduled to become a Group 6 unrestricted free agent at the year’s end.
At the AHL level for Hershey in the regular season, he ended up the Bears’ third-leading scorer with 38 points from 35 games even with all of the missed time due to both NHL action and the injury.
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Capitals Re-assign Joe Snively to Hershey
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-assigned forward Joe Snively, a native of Herndon, Va., to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a long-term injury conditioning loan, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today
Snively, 26, has seven points (4g, 3a) in 12 games for the Capitals this season. The 5’9″, 176-pound forward recorded an assist in his NHL debut on Dec. 19, 2021 against the Los Angeles Kings and became the first player in franchise history to play for the team as a native of Virginia.
Snively has recorded 38 points (15g, 23a) in 35 games with Hershey this season and ranks third on the team in points and fourth in goals. During the 2020-21 season, Snively registered 17 points (6g, 11a) in 30 games for the Bears. In 119 career games with Hershey, Snively has recorded 86 points (35g, 51a).
Prior to joining Hershey, Snively recorded 36 points (15g, 21a) in 33 games with Yale University in the 2018-19 season and set a collegiate career high with five power play goals. Snively led Yale in points in all four years of his attendance and collected 139 points (58g, 81a) in 129 career NCAA games. Snively was named as a Hobey Baker Award nominee in the 2018-19 season. In 2017-18, following a 36-point season (19g, 17a), Snively was named to the NCAA All-Ivy League First Team and the NCAA (New England) All-Stars. Additionally, during his freshman year in 2015-16, Snively was named the NCAA Ivy-League Rookie of the Year, to the NCAA (ECAC) All-Rookie Team and was a NCAA All-Ivy League Team honorable mention following a 28-point (10g, 18a) season.
Prior to Yale, Snively was drafted by the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL), 57th overall, in the 2012 USHL Futures Draft. Snively played three seasons in the USHL and recorded 125 points (50g, 75a) in 159 games with Sioux City.
Snively has twice represented Team USA, winning a silver medal in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Tournament at the U-18 level and a gold medal at the 2014 World Junior A Championship.
Snively trained at MedStar Capitals Iceplex during his youth and was a participant in Washington’s Little Caps program.
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