Capitals Loan Aliaksei Protas To Hershey Bears

The Washington Capitals announced on Wednesday morning that they have loaned forward Aliaksei Protas to the Hershey Bears.


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have loaned forward Aliaksei Protas to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Protas, 22, has recorded 10 points (3g, 7a) in 42 games with Washington this season. The 6’6″, 235-pound forward appeared in 33 games with Washington during the 2021-22 season, ranking second among Capitals rookies in plus/minus (+4) and third in points (9). In 75 career NHL games with the Capitals, Protas has recorded 19 points (6g, 13a).

In five games with Hershey this season, Protas has recorded three assists. The Vitebsk, Belarus native recorded 24 points (8g, 16a) in 42 games with the Bears in 2021-22, establishing AHL career highs in goals, assists, points and power play goals (2) and earning Hershey’s Rookie of the Year award. Protas has recorded 34 points (10g, 24a) in 63 career AHL games with Hershey.

The Capitals selected Protas with their third-round pick, 91st overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Protas, who is waivers-exempt, started the season with the Capitals, but was sent to Hershey on January 7. He was recalled by the Capitals on January 18 in time for the Capitals western road trip and played in one game against (Colorado Avalanche) prior to today’s re-assignment.

The move allows Protas to continue playing during the Capitals current All-Star break and bye week. The Bears next visit the Lehigh Valley Phantoms tonight in Allentown, PA.

By Jon Sorensen

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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11 Responses to Capitals Loan Aliaksei Protas To Hershey Bears

  1. Mark Eiben says:

    not surprised

  2. novafyre says:

    Good, he needs the ice time. But I’m surprised that the CBA doesn’t require that teams must give players x days time off during the All Star break and allows players to play during that time. I remember the fine for actually flying during the winter break.

  3. hockeydruid says:

    Great move as he needs ice time and so does Alexeyev. Cant they send him to Hershey for conditioning during the all-star break and their week off?

  4. KimRB says:

    Not sure if it’s appropriate to leave this comment here, but why not?

    Why hasn’t DC had an NHL All Star game since 1982?

    Why hasn’t DC hosted the Entry Draft?

    Does the Board of Governors have something against Leonsis?

    Tune in tomorrow, same Bat Time, same Bat Channel

    • hockeydruid says:

      Washington D.C. is a rather compact city without a lot of room to host major events like an All-Star Weekend that would likely require street closures and other difficulties for citizens of the city. Security would also be an issue as a host of tourists would be pouring into one of the most security-tight cities in the nation. As hotel space in DMV is there, public transportation from outside DC is terrible And to be honest I do not think that the NHL likes or respects Leonsis. Although the arena is the 14th largest, (18500), it is better to use public transportation that look for parking around the stadium. I found the one is Tampa so easy to get in and out of and to drive to and parking was very reasonable $10; where the one time I drove to DC parking was $50 and that was 25 years ago. Also Washington offers nothing of interest except museums and monuments for people. There is no beach here and traffic in rush hour is a joke.

      • KimRB says:

        I’m not buying that. The 2018 MLB All Star game was held in DC. If MLB is OK with a “compact city”, and the security and traffic problems that DC poses (which would exist in any downtown arena or stadium, no matter the city), then I doubt the NHL would have a problem with it either. I think it’s a simple fact that Leonsis isn’t well liked in NHL circles. I’ve heard a whisper or two about it before. This is circumstantial evidence that that may be the case.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I’ve heard rumors that Ted prefers outdoor games to holding an All-Star game, and has made the case as such to the league. Just rumors, but makes $$ sense.

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