The Chase Is On: Washington Capitals’ Prospect Chase Priskie Is Excelling On and Off the Ice at Quinnipiac


Image: Quinnipiac Men’s Hockey

Chase Priskie, the Capitals sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL entry draft (#177 overall) is off to another hot start for the Quinnipiac Bobcats this season. Priskie and the Bobcats are an impressive 5-0, including a big win over Boston College on October 19. But the second-year captain of the Bobcats is not only succeeding on the ice, he’s excelling off the ice as well. 

ON THE ICE
Priskie, a 6’-0”, 185-pound defenseman, started his senior season right where he left off at the end of his junior campaign. The offensive defenseman has registered four goals and two assists in the first five games of the season. He has two team-leading power play goals and two team-leading game-winning goals, including the game-winner against Boston College.

Priskie, 22, had a solid Junior season for the Bobcats, as his goal production continued to rise. He finished the 2017-2018 season with 11 goals and 14 points in 37 regular season games. Priskie took a total of 109 shots for a 10.9 shooting percentage, which was 5th best on the Bobcats, and the second-best shooting percentage for a Quinnipiac defenseman.

Priskie also shined on Quinnipiac’s power play last season. Of Priskie’s 11 goals during the 2017-2018 season, eight came on the power play, which not only led the Bobcats, but was ranked first in the nation among NCAA Division I defensemen during the regular season, and placed him 11th among all skaters.

OFF THE ICE
The second-year Captain, a native of Pembroke Pines, Florida, is excelling off the ice as well. In a recent interview with the Bobcats sports podcast (here), Quinnipiac Head Coach Rand Pecknold stated that Priskie finished his undergraduate degree in three years, and is nearing the completion of his masters, all while maintaining “close” to a 4.0 grade point average. “Six years of college in four years”. Pecknold characterized Priskie as an “A+ charachter kid, who “works his tale off”, and is “a great leader”.

This week Priskie was selected as a candidate for the 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award,  announced Tuesday morning by the Senior CLASS Award Committee. Priskie is one of 15 NCAA men’s ice hockey student-athletes selected as candidates for the award which honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the ice.

Priskie remains unsigned by the Capitals, and could become a free agent this summer after the college year concludes, if the Capitals do not sign him before the deadline.

Priskie and the Bobcats are back in action Friday night when they visit the Harvard Crimson in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Puck drop is 7:00 PM.

By Jon Sorensen

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 grown over the decades, which has included 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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