HERSHEY, Pa. – The HERSHEY BEARS announced today that the Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Julien Brouillette to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2013-14 season. The announcement was made by BEARS President/GM Doug Yingst.
Brouillette, 26, has played 52 games with the Bears during 2012-13, recording five points (one goal, four assists) and 35 penalty minutes. His plus-seven rating ranks tops among defensemen that have spent the entire campaign in Hershey.
The 5-11, 194-pound native of St. Esprit, PQ is in his second season with Hershey. In 126 games, Brouillette has recorded eight goals, 18 assists, 61 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus-four rating. He set AHL career highs in goals (seven), assists (14) and points (21) with the Bears in 2011-12.
Brouillette appeared in his 200th American Hockey League game on March 30, and has accumulated 48 points (11 goals, 37 assists) in his 200-game AHL career with Providence, Hartford, Charlotte, Lake Erie and Hershey.
Prior to turning pro, Brouillette played four seasons of junior hockey with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL), posting 123 points (27 goals, 96 assists), 206 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus-44 rating in 227 career games. Brouillette also tallied 102 points (41 goals, 61 assists) in 210 games with Columbia, Charlotte, Greenville and Reading of the ECHL.
Brouillette was originally signed by Hershey on July 11, 2011.
Also announced today by Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee, the Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Patrick Wey to a two-year, entry-level contract beginning in 2013-14.
The 6’3, 210-pound defenseman recently completed his senior season at Boston College, recording career highs in points (13), assists (12), games played (37, tied) and penalty minutes (54) and registered a plus-14 rating this season. Wey helped Boston College to a 22-12-4 record and a berth in the NCAA tournament. He was named a 2013 Hockey East Second-Team All-Star and named Hockey East’s 2013 Best Defensive Defenseman.
In 133 career games with Boston College, Wey collected 33 points (four goals, 29 assists) and 147 penalty minutes. He helped Boston College win the NCAA National Championship in 2011-12 and tallied one goal and three assists in four tournament games. Boston College also won the Hockey East Championship and the NCAA regular-season championship last season as Wey was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team at the Northeast Regional.
The Pittsburgh native helped the United States win the bronze medal at the 2011 Under-20 World Junior Championship, appearing in six tournament games. Wey was drafted by Washington in the fourth round (115th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.