Travis Boyd: “I’m Just Really Happy to be Back Up Here”

Travis Boyd, a standout on the Hershey Bears, got a surprising phone call late Monday night.

“I was just kind of going about my business down in Hershey. I was starting to play really well down there, we’ve been winning some games, I got a call and obviously I’ll take the switch of plans coming up here,” said Boyd. 

Boyd was called up to the Washington Capitals and made the quick three-hour drive on Tuesday morning to join the team for the optional skate.

A quick call late in the night for a quick trip the next morning doesn’t leave you enough time to pack but Boyd came prepared.

“They (the Capitals) just said a little bit long term. I don’t know what that means so I just brought a little bit more than a couple of days worth of clothes. Luckily we’re close enough where if I do have to go back, I can drive up there and grab some more stuff,” said Boyd.

Boyd has 44 points (15 goals, 29 assists) in 56 games with the Bears this season. This isn’t his first time up with the Capitals, as he was recalled back in December and made his NHL debut against the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 4. Boyd was a part of the 2-on-1 drills and even worked on his one-timers at Tuesday’s skate.

Boyd’s best game in Hershey this season came on Feb. 16 in a game against the Laval Rocket in Quebec where he scored four goals and dedicated the performance to his daughter Hayden, who was in the hospital that week. He spoke more on that emotional night.

“It was a pretty unbelievable night given everything (that went on). I spent the previous six days in the hospital and (Hayden) had a successful surgery. Flew out on Friday morning with just a couple hours of sleep and somehow I was able to go out and score four goals so it was a pretty special night I’ll always remember and yeah I clearly had some help from a higher power that night given the week and everything that came before that,” Boyd recalled.

Boyd will be out of the lineup for tonight’s game as the scratch’s skate at the tail end of the optional looked more like a 2-on-2 scrimmage. Boyd was partners with Alex Chiasson as they went up against his old Hershey teammates, Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey.

Despite not playing tonight, Boyd is excited for the opportunity that lies ahead of him.

“It’s exciting news. I’m just really happy to be back up here. Hope I get a chance to play again, hope I can help the team. And if I do play, hope I can play well and help the team any way I can,” said Boyd.

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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4 Responses to Travis Boyd: “I’m Just Really Happy to be Back Up Here”

  1. My reaction to the news that Travis Boyd is back with the parent club is, “WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?????????”

    Barry Trotz isn’t going to play him enough to develop his talent any more than he does Chandler Stephenson (who I like a lot better as a scorer than I do Boyd) or Jakub Vrana (who I like better than both of them…)

    Again, considering the fact that coach Trotz’ PT decisions with youngsters (who the Caps absolutely NEED to play and DEVELOP if they’re ever going to have a prayer of getting past the second round) is piss poor–so I’m not too enthused about Boyd being back with the team because he isn’t going to play…not now, and DEFINITELY NOT during the pressure cooker of the playoffs…

    End,

    Clifford
    Santa Monica

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  2. Joe Helsel says:

    just like Paul Carey at the end of last season…..

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