Capitals Prospect Connor Hobbs Sets Franchise Scoring Record

The Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL) closed out their 2016-17 regular season with a 6-0 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday night. The final game also marked the end of a breakout season for Capitals prospect Connor Hobbs

Hobbs, the Capitals fifth-round draft pick (143rd Overall) in 2015, set a new franchise record for goals by a defenseman in a season with his 31st goal of the season on Saturday night.

“I was just a twinkle in my dad’s eye,” Hobbs said with a laugh after he equalled the Pats 32-year-old record on Wednesday night in a 6-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos.

The Capitals signed Connor Hobbs to a three-year, entry-level contract, on July 1st, 2016.

The Capitals’ prospect is the first WHL defenceman to score 30 goals since former Saskatoon Blades star Stefan Elliott potted 31 in 2010-11.

Hobbs is also one of just four 80-point defenders in the past 25 years, joining Paul Postma of the Calgary Hitmen (84 in 2008-09), Elliott (81 in 2010-11) and Brenden Kichton of the Spokane Chiefs (81 in 2010-11 and 85 in 2012-13). Hobbs is expected to join the Hershey Bears next season.

The Pats distributed their end-of-year awards before the game on Saturday night, where Hobbs received the “top defenseman of the year” award.

The Pats will open the playoffs with a best-of-seven series at home against the Calgary Hitmen next Friday at the Brandt Centre.

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By Jon Sorensen

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has done nothing but grow over the decades, including time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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