Capitals sign Joe Snively, Northern Virginia native with connection to team

March 18, 2019

The Washington Capitals signed forward Joe Snively, a 23-year-old forward from Yale, to a two-year entry-level contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Snively is a native of Herndon, Virginia, who skated with the Washington Little Caps youth program as a kid and trained at MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington.

As a senior at Yale, Snively had 15 goals (including five power-play goals) and 21 assists in 33 games. As a freshman in 2015-16, he was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

His contract begins with the 2019-2020 season, but he could report to the AHL Hershey Bears on a PTO.

It’s rare for NHL teams outside New England or Minnesota to sign prospects with local ties. One example was Jeff Halpern, a player from Potomac, Maryland, who spent the beginning of his career with the Capitals and played for them again in 2011-12.

One report indicated that the majority of the NHL were interested in signing Snively:

Yale senior and Herndon, Va., native Joe Snively has picked the hometown #Caps. More than 20 #NHL teams had expressed interest as his season wound down. Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) March 18, 2019