ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-assigned defenseman Steven Oleksy to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Oleksy, 28, registered 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) and 86 penalty minutes in 61 career games with the Capitals. The 5’11”, 183-pound defenseman recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and 53 penalty minutes in 33 games with Washington last season. Oleksy made his NHL debut and tallied his first NHL point with an assist on March 5, 2013, against Boston. He signed with Washington as a free agent on March 4, 2013.
Oleksy skated in 35 games with the Hershey Bears (AHL) this season, earning 11 points (four goals, seven assists) and 85 penalty minutes. The Chesterfield, Mich., native leads Hershey in penalty minutes this season and ranks tied for first among Bears defensemen in goals. Oleksy has registered 50 points (seven goals, 43 assists) and 407 penalty minutes in 187 career AHL games with Hershey, Bridgeport and Lake Erie.