During the Capitals morning skate on Thursday, Andre Burakovsky was skating on the third line but prior to the game Burakovsky wasn’t feeling well. He was sick and was scratched from Thursday’s game. Additionally, he wasn’t able to travel with the team on Friday to Carolina for the second game of the back-to-back set with the Hurricanes. With a hole in the forwards lineup, the Capitals recalled Travis Boyd from Hershey.
FROM THE CAPITALS MEDIA RELEASE
The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Travis Boyd from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Boyd, 24, recorded 27 points (8g, 19a) in 37 games with Hershey this season. In addition, Boyd registered eight multi-point games, including three straight from Oct. 28 to Nov. 3. Boyd’s 12 power play assists is tied for seventh in the AHL this season.
Boyd made his NHL debut against the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 4 and has played in two games for the Capitals this season.
Boyd registered 63 points (16g, 47a) in 76 games with the Bears 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 145 points (46g, 99a) in 191 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