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Capitals Re-assign Strachan to Hershey

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-assigned defenseman Tyson Strachan to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Strachan, 29, recorded two assists and 28 penalty minutes in 18 games with Washington this season. The Melfort, Saskatchewan, native made his Capitals debut on Nov. 15 at Detroit and earned his first Capitals point with an assist on Jan. 31 at Detroit. In 138 career NHL games with St. Louis, Florida and Washington, Strachan has recorded 15 points (one goal, 14 assists) and 155 penalty minutes.

Strachan has appeared in 57 games with Hershey this season, tallying 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) and 56 penalty minutes. The 6’3”, 210-pound defenseman ranks tied for second on the team in plus/minus (+13) and second among Bears defensemen in assists. In 273 career AHL games with Albany, Peoria, San Antonio and Hershey, Strachan has earned 86 points (15 goals, 71 assists) and 326 penalty minutes. Strachan spent four seasons at Ohio State University and was drafted by Carolina in the fifth round, 137th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The Capitals signed Strachan as a free agent on July 8, 2013.