Vitek Vanacek Gets Re-Assigned to Hershey, Kelly Zajac Returns to South Carolina

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The Hershey Bears made two roster moves Tuesday morning. First they re-assigned goaltender Vitek Vanecek to Hershey after serving a rehab stint with the Capitals ECHL affiliate, South Carolina Stingrays. In addition, forward Kelly Zajac was re-assigned to the Stingrays.


The Hershey Bears  announced today a pair of roster moves. Goaltender Vitek Vanecek has been re-assigned to Hershey after rehabbing with the club’s ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays, this past weekend. Additionally, the Bears have announced that forward Kelly Zajac has been re-assigned to the Stingrays. The announcements were made by Hershey’s Vice President of Hockey Operations, Bryan Helmer.

Vanecek, 21, returned from a lower-body injury last weekend, appearing in a pair of games with the Stingrays. He went 1-1-0, stopping 36 shots in a 3-2 loss at Greenville on Friday, and earning the victory with 22 saves in a 3-1 decision over Jacksonville on Sunday.

The 2014 second round selection of the Capitals went 18-10-7 last season for the Chocolate and White, and finished third among rookie goaltenders in the AHL with a 2.54 goals against average. He posted five shutouts, a mark tied for the second most in the AHL. The native of Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending on Dec. 18, 2016.

Zajac, 29, appeared in two games with Hershey this past weekend, tallying one assist. He has three points (one goal, two assists) in four games with the Stingrays this season.

Hershey will return to action tomorrow night in Springfield, Massachusetts as they take on the Springfield Thunderbirds. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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One Response to Vitek Vanacek Gets Re-Assigned to Hershey, Kelly Zajac Returns to South Carolina

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