Devante Smith-Pelly Returns to MedStar Capitals Iceplex, Receives Rousing Ovation From Fans

There had been an outcry of support from a lot of Caps fans ever since he was waived and subsequently re-assigned to the Hershey Bears back on February 20th. Devante Smith-Pelly had become a fan favorite during his short time with the Capitals organization, and now he was gone. That all changed on Friday when the Capitals announced Smith-Pelly was being recalled from Hershey, and would play in Game 5 on Saturday night.

Smith-Pelly made his first appearance in Capitals gear Saturday morning at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. If there was any doubt as to how Capitals fans felt about the Stanley Cup champion, those doubts were quickly erased as he stepped onto the ice Saturday morning.

Smith-Pelly met with the media following the Capitals morning skate, and was asked about the fans reception:

Smith-Pelly, 26, has recorded eight points (4g, 4a) in 54 games with the Capitals this season. In 20 games with Hershey, the 6’0”, 223-pound forwarded recorded 14 points (6g, 8a), including a hat trick on March 10 against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Smith-Pelly will anchor slot in the LW on the 4th line with Nic Dowd and Chandler Stephenson in tonight’s Game 5 versus Carolina.

Game 5 gets going a little after 8:00 PM tonight at Capital One Arena. The seven-games series is currently tied 2-2.

By Jon Sorensen

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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