Joe Snively, Pheonix Copley Named Co-MVP’s, Aliaksei Protas Named Rookie Of The Year, Lucas Johansen Named Best Defenseman For Hershey Bears’ 2021-22 Season


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 JohansenBest 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 AlexeyevUnsung 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:

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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10 Responses to Joe Snively, Pheonix Copley Named Co-MVP’s, Aliaksei Protas Named Rookie Of The Year, Lucas Johansen Named Best Defenseman For Hershey Bears’ 2021-22 Season

  1. novafyre says:

    Ha! All that work I put in commenting on a previous article and then you go and do a better job. I thought you would but since I hadn’t seen it gave it a shot.

    Still think the ‘graduation’ of players from the Bears ice to the Caps pressbox and bench has helped neither the Caps nor the Bears.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What is “unsung hero” award? That’s a confusing one.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Johansen’s time in Hershey is done. Either elevate or trade. Option coming in the fall to Hershey.

  4. steven says:

    Thinking that Snively, Protas, Johansen and several others will be getting a long look next fall!!

    • novafyre says:

      Depends on whether our GM and HC want to stick with veterans or go with youth. The youth option will be there, but will they take it?

  5. DWGie26 says:

    You can’t say that GMBM and Lavi haven’t given youth a chance. Best i have seen since the drafting of OV when they sold everyone off. This year, there are three/maybe 4 players elevated from Hershey to full time caps. Fever, McMichael, Snively, and perhaps AJF. Now there will be plenty of crying about McMichael and others not being in the lineup every game, but that will happen. I think there will be more play for youth next year. Johanson and Alexeyv SHOULD make an argument but if not ready, they will get squeezed out. Leason will no longer be waiver exempt, has been playing great, so he has good shot to make roster. Don’t be surprised if Protas and Lapierre stay in Hershey for call-up duty because they are waiver exempt. Like it or not, veterans win championships and once we got healthy we went to stretch run mode.

    • novafyre says:

      Keeping them on the Caps roster and never playing them doesn’t help the Caps, the Bears, or the players themselves. It’s like never playing your backup goalie. Brent Johnson is always advocating for backups to get in the game to shake off rust or stop rust period. If it turns out we need those prospects post season, will all this sitting make them more useful?

      • DWGie26 says:

        I just think they are using last 10 games to take a run at the playoffs. And it is going to be a veteran lineup. I hope that Eller continues to be a beast (like he has the last 10 games) and we move him in the offseason. Forget about Cap space… we need to have McMichael to take his role with a full NHL season under his belt. AJF would be sent down to Hershey except he is not waivers exempt and someone would claim him. And I prefer Larsson (vet) over AJF going into the playoffs.

        • novafyre says:

          I have heard both arguments once you have clinched a playoff spot. Keep pedal to the metal, don’t get rusty, and keep your drive going. Or, rest your injured and worn out regulars and give your subs some playing time because they might be needed.

          I admit I am in the latter camp.

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