02/14/2012 - ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned goaltender Braden Holtby and forwards Joel Rechlicz and Keith Aucoin to 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. Holtby made his first start of the season last night vs. San Jose, making 30 saves in a 5-3 loss.
The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native was the Capitals’ fourth-round choice, 93rd overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Rechlicz, 24, made his Capitals debut on Jan. 31 versus the Lightning in Tampa Bay and has played in three games, recording 10 penalty minutes. 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 26 NHL games with Washington and the New York Islanders, collecting one assist and 105 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.
Aucoin, 33, leads the AHL in points (70) and assists (59) and has collected 11 goals in 43 games with Hershey this season. This marks the seventh time Aucoin has tallied at least 70 points in an AHL campaign, the fourth as a member of the Hershey Bears. Additionally, Aucoin is 13 assists shy of tying a career high for assists in a single season, and 30 assists shy to match the AHL record for helpers in a single campaign (89).
The Waltham, Massachusetts, native appeared in five games this season with Washington, posting three shots on goal.