The Washington Capitals most recent free-agent signing, goaltender Clay Stevenson, will join the Hershey Bears on an amateur tryout agreement (ATO). The agreement with the Bears was announced on Thursday. Stevenson’s contract with the Capitals doesn’t begin until this fall.
Stevenson, 23, had an excellent second season with the Dartmouth Green Wave in 2021-22, posting a .922 save percentage and a 2.70 goals against average on an otherwise underwhelming Dartmouth team.
Before signing with the Capitals, Stevenson met with both the Capitals and New York Rangers, while also drawing interest from the Vancouver Canucks and Seattle Kraken.
For more on Stevenson, you can check out our original post on him here.
FROM THE HERSHEY BEARS
The Hershey Bears announced today that the club has signed goaltender Clay Stevenson to an amateur tryout agreement (ATO).
Stevenson, 23, recently signed a two-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Washington Capitals that begins in the 2022-23 season.
The 6’4″, 195-pound goaltender recorded 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. The Chilliwack, British Columbia, native was named to the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) All-Rookie Team and the ECAC Third All-Star Team. He notched a save percentage above .900 in all 23 games this season, and his .922 save percentage was tied for second in the ECAC.
Stevenson did not play for Dartmouth during his freshman season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to joining the NCAA ranks, Stevenson played in three seasons with the Coquitlam Express in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). In 2019-20, Stevenson went 30-2-2 record with four shutouts, a 1.77 goals-against average, and a .936 save percentage. His strong play led the team to the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy, awarded to the BCHL’s regular season champion. Stevenson was named a BCHL First Team All-Star, and was honored as the BCHL’s Top Goaltender.
Stevenson will wear #43 for Hershey.