The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Aaron Ness from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and have assigned Travis Boyd to Hershey on a long term injury conditioning assignment, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Ness, 28, played in 11 games with Hershey this season and registered four assists. On Oct. 27 against Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, Ness, playing in his 459th career AHL game, recorded his 200th career AHL point (38g, 162a). 179 career games with Hershey, the 5'10", 189-pound defenseman has recorded 77 points (15g, 62a).
In 18 career games with the Capitals, the Roseau, Minn., native has recorded three assists. Ness made his Capitals debut on Jan. 2, 2016 against the Columbus Blue Jackets and earned his first point as a Capital with an assist on Jan. 5, 2016 against the Boston Bruins. 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.
Boyd, 25, has played in seven career games for the Capitals after making his NHL debut against the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 4, 2017. Boyd recorded his first career point, an assist, against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 18.
Boyd recorded 47 points (15g, 32a) in 61 games with Hershey last season, which ranked second on the Bears. Additionally, the Hopkins, Minn. native's 26 power play points (7g, 19a) led the Bears. In 215 games with the Bears, the 5'11", 181-pound forward hasrecorded 165 points (53g, 112a).
Drafted with the Capitals' sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft, Boyd played in four seasons for the University of Minnesota and recorded 96 points (32g, 64a) in 148 collegiate games. Boyd won the Big Ten championship in the 2014-15 season and was named to the Big Ten's Second All-Star Team. Additionally, Boyd won a gold medal for Team USA in the U-18 World Junior Championship in 2011.