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Djoos Returns, Leach Recalled, Agosta Signed to PTO

February 1, 2017

The Hershey Bears have announced three roster moves. The Washington Capitals have assigned defenseman Christian Djoos to Hershey, while the Bears have recalled defenseman Joey Leach from the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL and signed defenseman Justin Agosta of the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL to a professional tryout agreement. 

Djoos, 22, returns to Hershey after his first NHL recall. The  seventh round selection of Washington in the 2012 NHL Draft did not see any game action with Washington. With Hershey this season, Djoos has posted 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in 35 games. He ranks first on the club in scoring among defenders, and fifth overall in points. His 21 assists are good for third on the club. In his AHL career, Djoos has appeared in 98 games with Hershey, scoring 49 points (14 goals, 36 assists).

Leach, 24, has skated in 18 games with Hershey this season, registering three assists and a plus/minus of +8. The 6-foot-4, 211-pound defender has appeared in 24 career games with the Bears over the past two seasons, notching six assists, a +13 rating, and 42 penalty minutes. 

The Wadena, Saskatchewan native appeared in four games with South Carolina last week, scoring his first goal of the season in the Stingrays 5-4 overtime victory over Florida on Saturday. With South Carolina this season, Leach has six points (one goal, five assists) and 11 penalty minutes in eight games. Leach was the ECHL’s plus/minus leader in the 2015-16 season with South Carolina, posting a +40 mark. 

Agosta, 26, has enjoyed a strong season with Manchester this year. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound defender has scored 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) and posted a +17 plus/minus rating in 31 games with the Monarchs. He was named to the 2017 ECHL All-Star Classic. The second-year pro spent the majority of his rookie season in 2015-16 with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, appearing in 41 games, scoring 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists). 

Agosta also has 10 games of AHL experience, appearing in one game with both San Antonio and Albany this season, and skating in eight games with Charlotte last season, registering one assist. 

The native of East Meadows, New York played three seasons at the University of New Hampshire before joining Quinnipiac University for his senior season during the 2014-15 campaign. With Quinnipiac, Agosta played under current Hershey assistant coach Reid Cashman, who held that same title with the Bobcats. In 155 NCAA games, Agosta posted 67 points (12 goals, 55 assists).  

The Bears return to action in Binghamton on Friday. Hershey returns home to Giant Center on Saturday to host the St. John's IceCaps at 7 p.m. It's Chocolate Covered February, Faith & Family Night, and there will be a CommunityAid Clothing Drive that evening. On Sunday, Hershey hosts St. John's for a special 2 p.m. puck drop. Ticket information is available at HersheyBears.com. 


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