Capitals Re-assign Joe Snively To Hershey For Conditioning

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.


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.


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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7 Responses to Capitals Re-assign Joe Snively To Hershey For Conditioning

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Great news for the Bears. Much needed for the start of the playoffs.

  2. novafyre says:

    I know that the correct term is “long term conditioning” but with the regular season over for the Bears and first round to be best of three (possibly just two games) I find the term amusing.

  3. Anonymous says:

    No more excuses in Hershey. Still think the coach is on thin ice.

    • novafyre says:

      I’m not ready to change coaches yet.
      Snively’s pace was 1.09 points per game yet only played 35 games out of their 76 game season. That’s not even half. Here are some others
      Axel 0.77ptspg, 44 games
      Protas 0.57, 42
      Nardalla 0.52, 44
      Leason 0.42, 31
      Pinho 0.63, 27
      Moulson (captain) 0.71, 24

      And there were a lot more disruptions as players went out for covid, were called up to the Caps, were injured, suspended, etc. At one point they joked that players were introducing themselves to their teammates on the bench. Not a single player played the entire season. Two were in the 70s, 8 were in the 60s.

      Now, do I wish Carbs had stayed? Yes. Would I like to give him a shot at coaching the Caps? Yes. Worked well for Gabby, worked well for Coop in Tampa.

      Copley is credited with 35 games, Fucale with 31, Shepard with 9

      • Anonymous says:

        They still drastically underperformed. The missing players is way overblown, and became a crutch/excuse. They were running a line with Protas, Leason and Vecchione for a while, all played in NHL this season and had their worst seasons. They looked ill prepared Pilon suffered too.

        And the power play was loaded and could barely find time in the zone. It looked completely out of sync and I’ll prepared as well. No offense/scoring but constantly out shooting/attempting the opposition.

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