Washington Capitals sign forward Michael Vecchione

Michael Vecchione, Washington Capitals (Photo by Gregory Vasil/Getty Images)
Michael Vecchione, Washington Capitals (Photo by Gregory Vasil/Getty Images) /

The Washington Capitals made a move for their AHL partners the Hershey Bears by signing forward Michael Vecchione to a one year, two way contract. He will make $750,000 in the NHL and $195,000 in the AHL.

The 28 year old recorded 10 points with seven goals and three assists in 18 games with the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League last season which tied him for the third most in goals on the squad.

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The five foot 10, 194 pound forward entered the 2020-21 season with three straight AHL seasons with at least 36 points including a career high of 40 points during the 2017-18 season as a member of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms with 17 goals and 23 assists.

After four seasons at Union College, the Saugus, Massachusetts native signed on with the Philadelphia Flyers on March 31, 2017. With Union College, he recorded 176 points in 149 carer games with 71 goals and 105 assists. He also served as a team captain during his junior and senior years. Vecchione has appeared in two NHL games, both with the Flyers in the 2016-17 season.

In 211 career AHL games between Lehigh Valley, San Antonio Rampage, and Colorado, Vecchione has recorded 124 points with 60 goals and 64 assists.

So the Caps made another move to bolster their pipeline with the addition of Vecchione and he comes to a Hershey Bears team set to embark on a new era. The Bears announced earlier yesterday about the hiring of their new head coach Scott Allen. Steve Bergin has also been hired as an assistant coach.

These hirings happened after the Bears original head coach Spencer Carberry accepted a job as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs. We certainly wish him the best in making that jump from the AHL to the NHL.

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The Bears finished last season with a 24-7-2 record winning the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL regular season champions as well as the North Division.