ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have re-assigned forward Paul Carey to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Carey, 28, made his 2016-17 season debut with the Capitals on Sunday against Columbus. The 6'1", 198-pound forward appeared in four games with Washington last season and scored the game-tying goal in the third period on Feb. 6 at New Jersey, marking his first NHL goal. Carey was selected by Colorado in the fifth round, 135th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft and has registered two points (one goal, one assist) in 27 career NHL games with Colorado and Washington.
Carey has registered 13 points (4g, 9a) in 15 games with the Hershey Bears this season and ranks second on the team in points, tied for second in assists and tied for fourth in goals. In addition, Carey has earned a point in 11 consecutive games (10/26-11/18: 3g, 8a), marking the longest point streak in the AHL this season. Carey earned 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 44 games with the Hershey Bears (AHL) in 2015-16. He recorded five multi-point games last season, including a three-assist performance at Binghamton on Jan. 22. In addition, Carey scored each of Hershey's goals in a 2-1 victory against Providence on March 11, including the game-winning goal in overtime. He has earned 140 points (59 goals, 81 assists) in 247 career AHL games with Lake Erie, Providence and Hershey.
The Boston native registered 86 points (45 goals, 41 assists) in 147 games over four seasons at Boston College (2008-12). Carey won two national championships with the Eagles (2010, 2012) and was named to the 2012 Frozen Four All-Tournament Team after scoring three goals in the Frozen Four, including the game-winner in the national title game against Ferris State on April 7 in Tampa, Fla.