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Caps Ink Joe Snively to Two-Year Deal

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The Virginia native has impressed to earn a deal from his local NHL club.

2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championships Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The Capitals have signed Yale forward Joe Snively to a two-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Monday.

Snively, a native of Herndon, Virginia, played in the Little Caps program growing up, and eventually was drafted into the USHL to play with the Sioux City Muskateers, putting up 50 goals and 125 points.

“It’s pretty cool for this area, for fans and the kids,” Alex Ovechkin said about signing Snively and influencing local players throughout his career. “They see the progress that hockey did in the United States and obviously in D.C., and it’s pretty cool.”

He then went on to play at Yale, accumulating 58 goals and 139 points in 129 games, and his success has carried over into this season, with 15 goals and 36 points in 33 games.

The 5-foot-9 winger isn’t the biggest forward, but he never gives up on the play and has a great shot, as well as passing. He can also generate production by picking up on loose pucks, and from there, generating several opportunities.

Since signing Potomac, Maryland native Jeff Halpern in 2011, Washington hasn’t had a DMV forward on the roster, and now, they have a local prospect who can become a promising forward in the system.

“We’re so fortunate to have such generational talents like Ovechkin and Backstrom and others.. It’s neat to see it all come full circle,” Reirden said of signing the Virginia native. “I’m happy for Joe and for his family and looking forward to seeing what he does in Hershey.”