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Capitals Recall Pheonix Copley from Hershey, Re-assign Hunter Shepard

Copley appeared in two games for the Capitals this season

by Washington Capitals @capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Pheonix Copley from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and re-assigned goaltender Hunter Shepard to Hershey, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Copley, 30, appeared in two games for the Capitals this season, going 0-1-0 with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .878 save percentage. In 35 games with the Bears this season, Copley posted a record of 18-12-5 with two shutouts, a 2.38 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage, leading the Bears in each respective category. Copley also recorded a 2.29 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage in three playoff games with Hershey.

During the 2020-21 season, the 6'4", 200-pound goaltender led Hershey goaltenders in wins (10), shutouts (2) and games played (15) and ranked seventh in wins and eighth in goals-against average (2.66) in the AHL. Copley and Zach Fucale received the AHL's Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award in 2020-21, presented to the goaltenders on the team which allows the fewest goals per game in the regular season. 

In 226 career AHL games, Copley has a 118-72-24 record with 15 shutouts, a 2.52 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. 

The North Pole, Alaska native appeared in 27 games with Washington in 2018-19, posting a 16-7-3 record with one shutout and a 2.90 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage. In 31 career NHL games with the Capitals and the St. Louis Blues, Copley has a 16-9-3 record with a 2.98 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.

Shepard, 26, posted a record 5-3-0 with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in nine games with Hershey this season. Additionally, the 6'0", 215-pound goaltender has appeared in 23 games for the South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL, posting a record of 12-9-2 with a 2.88 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.

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