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Aug. 9: Capitals Sign Free Agent Defenseman Lawrence Nycholat

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

Capitals Sign Free Agent Defenseman Lawrence Nycholat

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 9, 2005 - The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Lawrence Nycholat, who most recently played in the NHL with the New York Rangers, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


Last season Nycholat was voted by fans as a starter in the AHL All-Star Game. He led all Hartford defensemen in scoring with 43 points (five goals, 38 assists) and was fourth on the team in that category. In 304 career AHL games, Nycholat has a plus-69 defensive rating.

Nycholat, 26, was signed as a free agent by Minnesota on Aug. 31, 2000. He was traded to the Rangers in exchange for goaltender Johan Holmqvist on March 11, 2003. The 6' 0", 192-pound native of Calgary recorded no points and six penalty minutes in nine games with the Rangers in 2003-04, his only NHL action.

Prior to turning pro in 2000-01, Nycholat played four seasons of junior hockey with the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL.

Capitals season-ticket and partial plans for the 2005-06 season are now available. Season-ticket prices were reduced by an average of 11% last summer and will start at as low as $14 per game. Recently the Capitals announced an additional 5% rebate on all season and partial plans renewed or purchased before to Sept. 1. Call 202-266-CAPS or visit WashingtonCaps.com for information.  Plan holders can also take advantage of the Caps PowerPay option - monthly payments with no fees or charges.

Lawrence Nycholat 
Position: Defenseman
Birthday: May 7, 1979 (Calgary, Alta.)
Height: 6-0            Weight: 192            Shoots: Left
Acquired: Signed as a free agent, Aug. 9, 2005.

Career Statistics:

                                                                        Regular Season                                                             Playoffs

Year            Team            League            GP            G            A            Pts            PIM            GP            G            A            Pts            PIM

1996-97            Swift Current            WHL            67            8            13            21            82            10            0            0            0            24           

1997-98            Swift Current            WHL            71            13            35            48            108            1            0            0            0            0

1998-99            Swift Current            WHL            72            16            44            60            125            6            2            2            4            12

1999-00            Swift Current            WHL            70            22            58            80            92            2            0            0            0            0

2000-01            Jackson            ECHL            5            1            2            3            5            -            -            -            -            -                       

            Cleveland            IHL            42            3            7            10            69            4            0            0            0            2

2001-02            Houston            AHL            72            3            11            14            92            14            1            0            1            23

2002-03            Houston            AHL            66            11            28            39            155            -            -            -            -            -

            Hartford            AHL            15            2            9            11            6            2            2            0            2            0

2003-04            Hartford            AHL            72            6            26            32            130            16            0            5            5            28

            NY Rangers            NHL            9            0            0            0            6            -            -            -            -            -

2004-05            Hartford            AHL            79            5            38            43            132            6            0            3            3            11

           

            TOTALS            NHL            9            0            0            0            6            -            -            -            -            -

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