The Hershey Bears announced on Tuesday afternoon that Washington Capitals prospects Cassius “Bear” Hughes and Bogdan Trineyev have been signed to amateur tryout agreements. Trineyev was signed by the Capitals to a three-year entry-level contract on Monday. Hughes has yet to sign a deal with the Capitals.
The tryout agreements will allow both prospects to spend time in the Bears camp and also allow Capitals management to get a better look at the two prospects. The Bears open their postseason run this Friday in Wilkes-Barre.
A 2020 fifth-round draft pick of the Washington Capitals, Hughes has yet to sign a professional deal with the team. If that doesn’t happen by June 1, the Capitals relinquish his rights and Hughes will become a free agent.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) January 15, 2022
The Spokane Chiefs announced on January 20 that Hughes was named team captain for the remainder of the 2021-22 season. Hughes became the 35th captain in franchise history and replaced Jack Finley, who was traded to Winnipeg earlier this season.
“Bear exemplifies everything we’re looking for in a leader,” said Head Coach Adam Maglio. “He has a tremendous work ethic on and off the ice, leading by example in all aspects.”
“We’ll see what happens with next year,” said Hughes in an interview with The Spokesman. Obviously, I want to sign a pro contract. And for my career, everything’s kind of happened in a good way that’s beneficial to me and my family. If Hershey offers me a contract, yeah, I’m going to sign it. But if they don’t, then I’ll take it as a sign from God, that maybe that’s not for me.”
Hughes was named to the second team all-star of the Western Hockey League’s US. Division. The Post Falls native led the team during the regular season in assists (43) and total points (67).
Make that 1⃣0⃣1⃣ WHL points for Bear Hughes!!!
— Spokane Chiefs (@spokanechiefs) March 13, 2022
He notched his first career hat trick and tallied his 100th WHL point on the same night on March 12 against the Tri-City Americans for a career-best six points (3G-3A). He finished the regular season with 24 goals in 64 games – the most in his three full seasons with the Chiefs.
Over his 127-game WHL career, the 20-year-old racked up 116 points on 42 goals and 74 assists. Hughes was named team captain in January, the 35th in franchise history.
🐻 ON THE LOOSE!!!
— Spokane Chiefs (@spokanechiefs) December 31, 2021
As for the postseason, Hughes and the Chiefs were swept by Kamloops in the first round. The loss ended the career of Chiefs overagers Hughes.
“The best part of this year for me was just being able to be with the guys,” Hughes said. “We had a really good group of guys. You make some pretty strong friendships.”
His head coach appreciated Hughes’ game and his leadership.
“I have a lot of respect for Bear and his 200-foot game,” Smith said. “He plays hard, he plays with an edge and he’s got some skill. He’s got a bright future. He led by example and took some young guys under his wing, and that bodes well for the Chiefs in the future.”
The Capitals selected Trineyev in the fourth round with the 117th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. He has been playing in the KHL and the KHL’s junior league, the MHL, for the last two seasons.
— Capitals Prospects (@jon_m_sorensen) January 25, 2022
Internationally, Trineyev won a gold medal with Team Russia at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, recording four points (2g, 2a) in four games.
Trineyev spent most of March with Dynamo Moscow in the KHL, playing in nine playoff games with them, earning one assist, as Dynamo was swept by CSKA during the second round of the playoffs.
— Capitals Prospects (@jon_m_sorensen) January 25, 2022
Overall, he averaged more minutes in the second round of the playoffs than in the first round. He then returned to MHK Dynamo for their playoffs. He played in just one game, on March 26, and earned an assist. MHK Dynamo lost 6-2 and were eliminated from the playoffs. Trineyev’s season is now over.
— Capitals Prospects (@jon_m_sorensen) July 31, 2021
More on Trineyev or any of the Washington Capitals prospects can be found on our “Prospects” page.
MORE FROM THE BEARS
The Hershey Bears announced today that forwards Bear Hughes and Bogdan Trineyev have signed tryout agreements with the club. Both players are Washington Capitals prospects who were selected in the 2020 NHL Draft.
Hughes, 20, led the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs in all scoring categories this season, posting a team best in goals (24), assists (43), and points (67). He was named Spokane’s 35th captain in team history this past January, and earned U.S. Division Second All-Star Team honors.
The 6’2″, 171-pound forward posted 116 points (42g, 74a) over his 127-game WHL career. The Post Falls, Idaho native was selected by Washington in the 5th round of the 2020 NHL Draft.
Trineyev, 20, played in 11 games for Dynamo Moscow of the KHL this season. The native of Voronezh, Russia split time with the KHL’s junior club team, the MHL’s MHK Dynamo Moscow, where he compiled 18 points (3g, 15a) in 21 games. In the 2020-21 season, Trineyev recorded 30 points (15g, 15a) in 33 games, and nine points (3g, 6a) in 14 playoff games with MHK Dynamo Moscow, winning the MHL Championship.
The 6’3″, 198-pound forward was selected in the 4th round of the 2020 NHL Draft by the Capitals. Internationally, Trineyev won a gold medal with Team Russia at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, recording four points (2g, 2a) in four games.
By Jon Sorensen
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