ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Vitek Vanecek from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Vanecek, 24, is 13-9-2 with Hershey this season with a 2.43 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. Vanecek, who has allowed two or fewer goals in 16 of his 24 appearances, is tied for 10th in the NHL in goals against average. The 6'1", 187-pound goaltender won six consecutive games from Dec. 6 to Dec. 27. In January, Vanecek was named to the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic for the second consecutive season, where he received Most Valuable Player honors after allowing two goals over four games in the round-robin tournament with the Atlantic Division.
Last season with Hershey, the Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic, native posted a record of 21-10-6 with a 2.62 goals against average and a .907 save percentage in 38 games. He was was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 21, 2018.
In 134 career games with the Bears, Vanecek has a 65-42-26 record with 10 shutouts, a 2.64 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.
The Capitals selected Vanecek with their second round pick, 39th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.