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Garrett Mitchell Earns First NHL Recall

Garrett Mitchell Earns First NHL Recall

04/09/2017 - (Hershey, PA- April 9, 2017)-The Washington Capitals announced today that forwards Garrett Mitchell and Chandler Stephenson have been recalled from the Hershey Bears hockey team. 

This is the first NHL recall for the 25-year-old Mitchell. The Capitals selected the native of Regina, Saskatchewan in the sixth round, 175th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft. He has spent the past six seasons in Washington’s organization, and currently is in his second year as the captain of Hershey. 

Mitchell has skated in 352 career games with Hershey, scoring 102 points (46 goals, 56 assists) to go along with 560 penalty minutes. He has registered 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 70 games with Hershey this season. Mitchell, a solid defensive forward and penalty kill specialist, was named the 43rd captain in Hershey history on Oct. 8, 2015, and helped lead the club to the 2016 Calder Cup Finals. He previously spent two seasons as an alternate captain with the Bears. 

Stephenson, 22, has appeared in three games with Washington this season. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native has tallied 38 points (10 goals, 28 assists) in 71 games this season with Hershey. He ranks fifth on the team in assists, and seventh overall in points. The center has skated in 172 career AHL contests with Hershey, scoring 81 points (25 goals, 56 assists). He was originally a third round selection, 77th overall, by Washington in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Both Mitchell and Stephenson will join the NHL club for Washington's regular season finale versus the Florida Panthers this evening. 

Hershey continues its playoff push with the final two games of the regular season next weekend. The Bears visit Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday before returning home to Giant Center on Saturday. That evening is Team Awards Night and Dietz and Watson Ham Shoot Night as Hershey ends the regular season by hosting Providence at 7 p.m. Tickets are available.

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