WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Washington Capitals are keeping the hometown kid on board. Washington inked Joe Snively to a two-year, $1.6 million extension on Wednesday. The deal carries an AAV of $800,000.
Snively grew up in Herndon, Virginia and played youth hockey with the Little Caps. He ended up continuing his development in the NCAA with Yale, where he led the team in scoring in all four years of his tenure and finished his college career with 139 points in 129 games. After college, he signed with his hometown Capitals as an undrafted free agent on March 18, 2019.
Following a few years of developing in Hershey, Snively’s hard work paid off. After 38 points in 35 games to open the 2021-22 campaign, he earned a call-up with Snively amid injuries and put on a show to open his NHL career with three goals and four assists in his first 12 outings. Ultimately, though, his growth and development have impressed the organization.
“Joe is a versatile, skilled forward, and we are extremely pleased with his development this season. Joe has worked hard and put himself in a position to earn a spot on our team. It is a great testament to him and all the local youth hockey coaches and programming in our area that guided him along through this journey,” general manager Brian MacLellan said.
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Snively is the first Virginia-born player to play for the Capitals and just the third Virginia-born player to score an NHL goal, joining Eric Weinrich (Roanoke) and Scott Lachance (Charlottesville).
He is currently week-to-week after undergoing wrist surgery. Prior to his injury, Snively was helping to fill in on the top-6.