Joe Snively Makes NHL Debut Against Kings, Records Assist On Capitals First Goal

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It’s been a weekend to remember for Washington Capitals prospect Joe Snively. It started with a much-deserved callup from Hershey on Saturday and peaked with a start in his first career NHL game Sunday evening at Capital One Arena.

Snively would take the traditional solo lap before warmups, reserved for those making their NHL debut.

Snively said following morning skate on Sunday that he was “excited to get a chance to possibly play” after receiving the news. “I came from this area and I made it, so [kids from the DMV] can too..just try to set an example for them.”

His family, friends, and even some youth coaches are in attendance tonight. Snively trained at MedStar Capitals Iceplex during his youth and was a participant in Washington’s Little Caps program.

Snively would record an assist on the Capitals first goal by Connor McMichael.

Snively’s family and friends in attendance let loose following the goal and Snively assist.

Snively noted his solid start in Hershey this season has “built confidence.” Snively has recorded 22 points (8g, 14a) in 21 games with the Bears and leads the team in points and tied for first in goals.

The 25-year-old also scored a hat trick on November 7 in the team’s 5-3 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds.

“It’s going to be thrilling [and] probably a little nervous…adrenaline will be pumping for sure,” he said on potentially making his debut. Snively explained he feels comfortable having already played preseason games for the Capitals.

Several of his teammates from Hershey are in the lineup and Snively said it’s “nice having some familiar faces and friends.” There is a lot of excitement and support among the younger players as they suit up for their first NHL game and pick up their first career points and goals.

“Maybe an NHL game is different than the AHL, but I’ll just try to stick to my strengths and try to help the team get a win if I’m in the lineup.”

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 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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