The Washington Capitals have re-assigned defenseman Tyler Lewington to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Lewington, 24, appeared in two games for the Capitals this season. Lewington made his NHL debut on Dec. 22 against the Ottawa Senators and recorded his first two NHL points (1g, 1a) on Dec. 29 against the Senators. The 6'2", 202-pound defenseman was also charged with a fighting major in the game, marking the first Capitals Gordie Howe hat trick in seven years (Troy Brouwer, Dec. 7, 2011 at Ottawa) and the first time by a Capitals defenseman since Kevin Hatcher (Feb. 10, 1991 versus Philadelphia).
The Edmonton, Alb., native has recorded 14 points (3g, 11a) in 57 games with Hershey this season. Lewington has also recorded 113 penalty minutes, which leads the Bears and is tied for seventh in the AHL.
Lewington recorded 11 points (2g, 9a) in 71 games with Hershey last season. Lewington ranked third in the AHL in penalty minutes (149) and third among Hershey defensemen in games played. Lewington is the only player in the AHL to rank in the top five in penalty minutes in each of the previous two seasons. In 232 career games with Hershey, Lewington has 48 points (12g, 36a) and 493 penalty minutes.
Lewington was drafted by the Capitals in the seventh round, 204th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft after spending four seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL).