ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have loaned defenseman Aaron Ness to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Ness, 27, played in eight games with Washington this season and registered one assist. In 18 career games with the Capitals, the Roseau, Minn., native has recorded three assists. The 5'10", 184-pound defenseman made his Washington debut on Jan. 2, 2016 at Columbus and earned his first Capitals point with an assist on Jan. 5, 2016 at Boston. Ness was drafted by the New York Islanders in the second round, 40th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft and has recorded six points (1g, 5a) in 47 career NHL games with the New York Islanders and Washington.
Ness registered 17 points (5g, 12a) in 51 games with Hershey (AHL) last season and was tied for second among Bears defensemen in points, third in goals and tied for third in assists. Additionally, Ness finished third among Hershey defensemen in primary points per game (0.20). In 393 career AHL games with Bridgeport and Hershey, Ness has recorded 167 points (34g, 133a).