The Hershey Bears announced their annual award winners prior to Sunday night’s regular season finale against the Syracuse Crunch. Several Washington Capitals prospects were honored for the 2-21-22 season.
Joe Snively and Pheonix Copley: named co-Most Valuable Players (MVPs) for the 2021-22 season. Snively was among the AHL’s best players at the time of his recall to Washington. He posted 38 points in 35 games, including 15 goals. Pheonix Copley was named co-MVP for the third consecutive season. He ranked among the league’s best in goals against average.
Aliaksei Protas – Rookie Of the Year – Protas spent time with the Bears and Capitals this season. Protas was a consistent top-six forward for the Bears and spent time on the Bears power play.
Lucas Johansen – Best Defenseman AND Best Plus/Minus – Johansen ranked second in scoring among all Bears defenders, and had the team’s best plus/minus on the Bears this season.
Alex Alexeyev – Unsung Hero – Alexeyev was strong on the Bears penalty kill this season and known for his shot-blocking abilities. He was also recalled to Washington for a game.
Here is the Bears award presentation made before Sunday’s game: