The Washington Capitals announced Wednesday morning that Joe Snively has been re-assigned to the Hershey Bears for long-term conditioning. Snively was placed on injured reserve after undergoing wrist surgery at the beginning of March.
The re-assignment of Snively will provide a big boost for a Bears team that has struggled to score goals during the second half of the season. Snively was leading the Bears in scoring when he was recalled to Washington. The Bears begin their playoffs next Friday when they visit the Penguins in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
On Sunday Snively was named the co-MVP of the Bears with Pheonix Copley for the 2021-22 season.
Additionally, the Bears announced today that forward Christopher Brown has been released from his professional tryout agreement. He will report to the ECHL’s Jacksonville IceMen. The club also released defenseman Dru Krebs and goaltender Garin Bjorklund from their amateur tryout agreements.
FROM THE CAPITALS
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-assigned forward Joe Snively, a native of Herndon, Va., to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a long-term injury conditioning loan, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today
Snively, 26, has seven points (4g, 3a) in 12 games for the Capitals this season. The 5’9″, 176-pound forward recorded an assist in his NHL debut on Dec. 19, 2021 against the Los Angeles Kings and became the first player in franchise history to play for the team as a native of Virginia.
Snively has recorded 38 points (15g, 23a) in 35 games with Hershey this season and ranks third on the team in points and fourth in goals. During the 2020-21 season, Snively registered 17 points (6g, 11a) in 30 games for the Bears. In 119 career games with Hershey, Snively has recorded 86 points (35g, 51a).
Prior to joining Hershey, Snively recorded 36 points (15g, 21a) in 33 games with Yale University in the 2018-19 season and set a collegiate career high with five power play goals. Snively led Yale in points in all four years of his attendance and collected 139 points (58g, 81a) in 129 career NCAA games. Snively was named as a Hobey Baker Award nominee in the 2018-19 season. In 2017-18, following a 36-point season (19g, 17a), Snively was named to the NCAA All-Ivy League First Team and the NCAA (New England) All-Stars. Additionally, during his freshman year in 2015-16, Snively was named the NCAA Ivy-League Rookie of the Year, to the NCAA (ECAC) All-Rookie Team and was a NCAA All-Ivy League Team honorable mention following a 28-point (10g, 18a) season.
Prior to Yale, Snively was drafted by the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL), 57th overall, in the 2012 USHL Futures Draft. Snively played three seasons in the USHL and recorded 125 points (50g, 75a) in 159 games with Sioux City.
Snively has twice represented Team USA, winning a silver medal in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Tournament at the U-18 level and a gold medal at the 2014 World Junior A Championship.
Snively trained at MedStar Capitals Iceplex during his youth and was a participant in Washington’s Little Caps program.