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Capitals Sign Darren Machesney

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
OHL goaltender was Washington’s fifth-round choice in 2005 Entry Draft

Washington, D.C. – March 23, 2006 – The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Darren Machesney to a three-year entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Machesney, 19, was a fifth-round selection of the Capitals in the 2005 Entry Draft (143rd overall). A 6’0”, 163-pound native of Strathroy, Ont., he is in his second season with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and begins the OHL playoffs tonight in a first-round series against the Belleville Bulls.

Machesney posted a 28-17-1-2 record in the 2005-06 regular season, leading the Battalion to first place in the OHL’s Central Division. He tied for sixth in the OHL with three shutouts, ranked 10th with a 3.03 goals-against average and 11th with a .908 save percentage.

“Darren impresses me because he shows real maturity for a junior-age player,” said Capitals goaltending coach Dave Prior. “He has very good mobility and is technically sound. He had an excellent season and has been a significant part of his team’s success, always giving them a chance to win.”
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