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Capitals Sign Sasha Pokulok

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Defenseman was team’s first-round draft pick in 2005

Washington, D.C. – July 6, 2006 – The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Sasha Pokulok, the team’s first-round selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (14th overall), to an entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

“Sasha is a big, strong defenseman who we are excited to add to our group of young prospects,” McPhee said. “His game has progressed nicely in two years at Cornell and we feel confident that he is ready to take his talents to the professional level.”

Pokulok (poh-KUH-lawk), a 6’5”, 230-pound native of Montreal, spent the last two seasons with Cornell University of the ECAC Hockey League (ECACHL). The 20-year-old totaled seven goals and 16 assists (23 points) in 53 games for the Big Red over two seasons and was named to the 2006 Canadian National Junior Team, although he did not see action in the World Junior Championship. Pokulok was a member of the ECACHL All-Rookie Team in 2004-05 and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League All-Rookie Team in 2003-04, when he played for the Notre Dame Hounds.

Sasha Pokulok
Position: Defense
Birthday: May 25, 1986 (Montreal, Quebec)
Height: 6-5    Weight: 230    Shoots: Left
Acquired: Capitals’ first-round choice, 14th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft

Career Statistics:
Year Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2003-04 Notre Dame
SJHL 39 7 16 23 34
2004-05 Cornell
2005-06 Cornell
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