Capitals Return Joe Snively To Hershey

The Washington Capitals announced Thursday afternoon that they have returned forward Joe Snively to AHL Hershey. Snively was recalled by the Capitals on Tuesday after Sonny Milano came down with a non-Covid illness. Snively played in the Rangers game on Tuesday night, but was a healthy scratch against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

Snively’s return to Hershey likely signals that forward Sonny Milano is close, if not ready to return to the lineup.


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

Snively has recorded three points (1g, 2a) in eight games with Washington this season. The Herndon, Virginia, native became the first Virginia-born player to play for the Capitals in franchise history last season. In 12 games in 2021-22, Snively recorded seven points (4g, 3a), including a three-point effort (2g, 1a) on Feb. 10, 2022 against the Montreal Canadiens. Snively became one of 15 rookies in franchise history to record at least seven points in his first 10 games. In 20 career NHL games with the Capitals, Snively has recorded 10 points (5g, 5a).

In 20 games with Hershey this season, Snively has recorded 16 points (7g, 9a). The 5’9″, 179-pound forward ranks first on the Bears in shooting percentage (20.6) and fourth in points per game (0.80). Snively recorded 38 points (15g, 23a) in 35 games with Hershey in 2021-22 and ranked 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 139 career AHL games with Hershey, Snively has recorded 102 points (42g, 60a).

Snively trained at MedStar Capitals Iceplex during his youth and was a participant in Washington’s Little Caps program.

Snively, 27, was never drafted but signed a two-year deal with the Capsitals in 2019 for $925,000 per year. The Capitals re-signed Snively to a one-year, two-way contract extension on June 3, 2021 and re-signed him to a two-year deal on March 16, 2022. He will be a restricted free agent in 2024-25.

Snively has recorded three points (1g, 2a) in eight games with Washington this season. In 20 games with Hershey this season, he has recorded 16 points (7g, 9a).

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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13 Responses to Capitals Return Joe Snively To Hershey

  1. novafyre says:

    Rays didn’t have a game yesterday on their original schedule but that didn’t stop them from playing one. Wall was in net, Bear had an assist (no look pass). Kim is back from Hershey and scored a goal. Rays beat Jacksonville 5-3.

    Any word from Bears on Maass? Is he going to see Bears ice time, go back to Stingrays, or just sit there in limbo?

    Is there an easy way to find which Rays players are under Bears contracts?

    • KimRB says:

      I’m rooting for Michael Kim. We Kims stick together!

      Too bad he’s caught in a numbers game. I thought he looked good in Hershey. Not jaw dropping, but adequate.

      • novafyre says:

        Will be interesting to see musical chairs next October. I know that there are more Rays players under Bears contracts than I know about but have failed in trying to find out who. I didn’t know Kim had a Bears contract until they recalled him. Keep rooting whether Hershey or North Charleston.

  2. Diane Doyle says:

    While sad for Joe, it bodes well for Milano’s health. Then again, my gut feeling was that Milano would be back for Friday’s game. Confess I assumed that after missing Tuesday’s game with illness, he was likely not to go on Wednesday which is what happened.

  3. novafyre says:

    I have been trying to find out more about ECHL roster and contract rules. As best I can tell,
    All ECHL contracts are for one year. Rookie players are paid $510 a week minimum and returning players $555 min. The clubs also pay their accommodations. A rookie has played 25 or fewer pro games. The roster dressed for each game cannot exceed a total of $13,000.
    Players on loan from the NHL or AHL are paid their NHL or AHL contract specified amounts. The NHL/AHL affiliate payment for 2022-23 is $525 per week. This is the number used to calculate the player’s contribution to the roster total (not the loaner’s actual salary).
    Each ECHL team shall be limited to four veteran players (excluding goaltenders) on its Active Roster and Reserve during the Season (Regular Season and Playoffs). A veteran shall mean a player, other than a goaltender, who has played in at least 260 regular season games of professional hockey. NHL or AHL loaners are exempted except if said player is under 24 years of age.
    To go from the ECHL to the AHL (a loan up), all an ECHL contracted player needs is a PTO.
    The ECHL is really a development league. A limit of 4 veteran players encourages youth. Loaners from the NHL or AHL mean fewer ECHL contracts and thus make team expenses lower. So it’s a good place to park excess NHL or AHL players. With contracts being for only one year, players have a good opportunity to explore other options.
    The Stingrays have had at least two players loaned to the AHL for PTOs and their best offensive player is now a pro in Slovenia, leaving the Rays two months ago.
    If I have any of this wrong, please correct.

  4. novafyre says:

    With their win over the Icemen yesterday, Rays climbed to second in the South but only 4 points separate the top 4 teams and 10 points separate the top 6 teams. Stingrays have two away and one home game this weekend.

  5. dwgie26 says:

    I have no issue with Joe getting sent back down. Bears need him. He is playing well. So he comes up, gets a game and back quickly when Milano ready. Good moves.

    I do however want to see Protas play!

  6. KimRB says:

    The Bears have a brutal weekend, starting a week from Friday. 3 in 3, which is bad enough, but 3 different arenas! And remember, no cushy plane rides, for the boys in the AHL. This is 3 bus rides. March 24 is Blue Cross Arena, against Rochester, March 25 is Upstate Medical University Arena, against Syracuse, and finally, back to Giant Center in Hershey, against Lehigh Valley on the 26th

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