Capitals Recall Defenseman Vincent Iorio to Hershey


The Washington Capitals announced on Wednesday that they have recalled defenseman Vincent Iorio from the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL and assigned him to the Hershey Bears. Iorio’s WHL season came to the end on Sunday when the Wheat Kings were defeated in their first round series with the Red Deer Rebels.

The 6’4″, 200-pound defenseman set a WHL career high with 44 points (11g, 33a) this season and was ranked tied for 16th in the League in points among defensemen. The Coquitlam, British Columbia, native ranked fifth on the team in assists.

Iorio was invited to Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp in December but did not make the final roster.

Iorio stepped up his offensive game after returning from the Team Canada selection camp in December. For the month of January, he potted four goals and two assists in just five games played during the COVID-shortened month.

The Capitals signed Iorio to a three-year entry-level contract on October 21, 2022 at an annual average value of $875,833. Despite joining the ranks of professional hockey, Iorio’s contract will not kick in for this season. Instead, it will slide forward and keep him under wraps through 2024-25.

Iorio attended Capitals’ prospect camp at the end of September and participated in the Capitals main training camp. He also played in one preseason game against the Devils on September 29th before he returned to the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL on October 1 in time for the Wheat Kings season-opener.

The Bears begin their postseason campaign this Friday when they open their best-of-three series with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.

You can read more about Iorio or any of the other Capitals prospects on our “Prospects” page.


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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Vincent Iorio from the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL) to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

The 6’4″, 200-pound defenseman set a WHL career high with 44 points (11g, 33a) this season and was ranked tied for 16th in the League in points among defensemen. The Coquitlam, British Columbia, native ranked fifth on the team in assists.

Iorio registered 12 points (5g, 7a) in 22 games with Brandon during the 2020-21 season and ranked third among Wheat King defensemen in points.

The Capitals selected Iorio, 19, with the 55th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. Iorio was ranked 27th among North American defensemen by NHL Central Scouting prior to the 2021 NHL Draft.

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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3 Responses to Capitals Recall Defenseman Vincent Iorio to Hershey

  1. Marky says:

    Jon, do you sleep man?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good experience for Iorio before he reports to Hershey in September.

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