Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan announced Thursday morning that the Capitals have re-assigned Travis Boyd back to Hershey. The move comes just three days after Boyd made his NHL debut. Boyd was brought up to fill in for the injuries of Chandler Stephenson, Andre Burakovsky and then T.J. Oshie.
Stephenson returned to the lineup last night. This re-assignment could indicate that Burakovsky could return to the lineup on Friday night against the Rangers. We’ll wait and find out soon enough.
FROM THE CAPITALS MEDIA RELEASE
The Washington Capitals have re-assigned forward Travis Boyd to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Boyd, 24, made his NHL debut on Dec. 4 against the San Jose Sharks and appeared in two games for the Capitals since he was recalled on Dec. 3.
Boyd has recorded 20 points (3g, 17a) in 23 games with Hershey this season. Boyd has registered eight multi-point games, including three straight from Oct. 28 to Nov. 3. Additionally, the Hopkins, Minn., native’s 11 power play assists are tied for second in the AHL this season.
Boyd holds the distinction of playing in 176-straight regular season games since April 18, 2015. Including the playoffs, Boyd has participated in 208-straight games for the Bears. Boyd’s iron man streak is the longest active streak in the AHL.
Boyd registered 63 points (16g, 47a) in 76 games with the Hershey Bears (AHL) during the 2016-17 season, setting career highs in points, assists and plus/minus (+19). The 5’11”, 185-pound forward led Hershey in points and assists last season and was named team MVP. In addition, he finished the season ranked tied for third in the AHL in assists and tied for sixth in points. Boyd was named to the AHL’s Second All-Star Team for the 2016-17 season and represented the Atlantic Division at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic. Boyd has registered 138 points (41g, 97a) in 177 career AHL games with Hershey.
Drafted with the Capitals’ sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft, Boyd played in four seasons for the University of Minnesota and recorded 96 points (32g, 64a) in 148 collegiate games. Boyd won the Big Ten championship in the 2014-15 season and was named to the Big Ten’s Second All-Star Team. Additionally, Boyd won a gold medal for Team USA in the U-18 World Junior Championship in 2011.
By Michael Marzzacco