The Washington Capitals placed goaltender Pheonix Copley on waivers Monday morning with the intent of assigning the netminder to AHL Hershey. Copley cleared waivers Tuesday afternoon and will report to Hershey.
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Copley, from North Pole, Alaska, was undrafted. He was originally signed by the Capitals in 2014 out of Michigan Tech, but was traded with Troy Brouwer to the St. Louis Blues in the T.J. Oshie deal in 2015. Copley was re-acquired by the Capitals with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in exchange for forwards Zach Sanford, Brad Malone, the Capitals’ first-round selection in the 2017 NHL draft on Feb. 27, 2017.
Copley split time between the Washington taxi squad and Hershey last season. With the Bears, Copley compiled a record of 10-4-1 with a .896 save percentage, a 2.66 goals against average and two shutouts. He combined with Zach Fucale to earn the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award given annually to the goalies who give up the fewest goals in the AHL.
The Bears opened training camp on Monday and begin their three-game preseason schedule this Friday. They begin the regular season on Saturday, October 16.
By Jon Sorensen