The Washington Capitals announced on Thursday that they have loaned goaltender Zach Fucale to the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
The signing was primarily to fortify the goaltending for AHL Hershey and ECHL Carolina, and possibly additional indication that both the Capitals and Bears are preparing for the potential elevation of Vitek Vanecek from Hershey to Washington next season.
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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have loaned goaltender Zach Fucale to the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Fucale, 25, posted a record of 10-8-4 with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in 24 games with the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL in 2019-20. The 6’2”, 187-pound goaltender also appeared in one game with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, stopping 12 of the 15 shots he faced.
The Laval, Quebec, native won gold with Team Canada at the 2019 Spengler Cup after going 3-0 with a 0.33 goals-against average and a .986 save percentage. Fucale posted back-to-back shutouts, including one in the gold medal game, and he was named the tournament’s all-star goaltender.
Fucale played in five games with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves in 2018-19, posting a 1-3-0 record with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.
Fucale was selected by the Montreal Canadiens with their second round pick, 36th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.
On February 17, 2020, the Syracuse Crunch released Fucale from his AHL contract in order for him to sign with Munich in the DEL. Fucale had spent most of the season in the ECHL with the Orlando Solar Bears. Fucale played in no games and did not re-sign with Munich this off-season.
By Jon Sorensen