ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Braden Holtby and forward Joel Rechlicz from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Holtby, 22, currently owns an 18-11-1 record with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage in 32 games with Hershey this season. He is currently tied for fifth in the AHL in wins and has recorded two shutouts. Last season he posted a 10-2-2 record with a 1.79 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage in 14 games with the Capitals. He became the first Caps rookie goaltender to be named NHL Player of the Week since Jim Carey accomplished the feat during the 1994-95 season. The 6’2,” 203-pound Holtby won his last five starts with Washington and recorded the only assist for a Caps goaltender last season.
The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native was the Capitals’ fourth-round choice, 93rd overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He will wear No. 70 for Washington.
Rechlicz, 24, made his Capitals debut on Jan. 31 versus the Lightning in Tampa Bay and played the following night against Florida. He has recorded one goal, one assist and 198 penalty minutes in 29 games with Hershey this season and currently leads the AHL in penalty minutes. Rechlicz spent last season with Hershey, appearing in 28 games posting one goal and 132 penalty minutes.The Brookfield, Wisconsin, native has played in 25 NHL games with Washington and the New York Islanders, collecting one assist and 95 penalty minutes. In 107 career AHL games with Albany, Bridgeport and Hershey, Rechlicz has compiled two goals, two assists and 576 penalty minutes. The 6’4”, 220-pound forward originally signed with the New York Islanders on May 6, 2008 and was signed by Hershey on July 29, 2010. He will wear No. 54 for the Capitals.