As we first reported last week, the Washington Capitals officially announced on Monday the signing of Dartmouth College goaltender Clay Stevenson. He inked a two-year entry-level deal for $855,000 average annual value.
Stevenson, 23, had an excellent second season this year with the Green Wave, posting a .922 save percentage and a 2.70 goals against average on an otherwise underwhelming Dartmouth team.
Congratulations to Clay Stevenson on signing his first professional contract with the @Capitals!
— Dartmouth Men’s Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) March 28, 2022
Stevenson’s NHL deal starts next season, but he could potentially join Bears on an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) before AHL season ends.
FROM THE CAPITALS
The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Clay Stevenson to a two-year entry-level contract beginning next season, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Stevenson’s contract will carry an average annual value of $855,000.
Stevenson, 23, posted a record of 6-14-2, with two shutouts, a 2.70 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in his sophomore season at Dartmouth College of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). The 6’4″, 195-pound goaltender posted a save percentage above .900 in all 23 games this season and his .922 save percentage was tied for second in the ECAC. The Chilliwack, British Columbia, native was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team and the ECAC Third All-Star Team. Stevenson did not play for Dartmouth during his freshman season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to joining Dartmouth College, Stevenson played in three seasons with the Coquitlam Express in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). In his third and final season in 2019-20 with Coquitlam, Stevenson finished with a 30-2-2 record with four shutouts, a 1.77 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage and led the team to the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy, presented to the BCHL’s regular season champion. Stevenson was named a BCHL First Team All-Star, was honored as the BCHL’s Top Goaltender after finishing with the BCHL’s top goals-against average and top save percentage and was given the Wally Forslund Trophy, presented to the BCHL’s top goaltending duo.
In 85 games with Coquitlam, Stevenson finished with a 48-29-3 record with six shutouts, a 2.82 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.