The Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL) announced Friday that goaltender Vitek Vanecek will be assigned to the South Carolina Stingrays from the AHL’s Hershey Bears. The 21-year-old netminder will continue rehabbing an injury with South Carolina in preparation to return to the Hershey lineup.
Vanecek played the 2015-16 season in South Carolina, suiting up for 32 regular season games with the Stingrays before appearing in 11 postseason contests. His standout play included a goals against average of 2.03 and a save percentage at 0.917 while posting a record of 18-7-6 during the regular season. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound goaltender then continued his strong play in the playoffs with a goals against of 2.31 and a save percentage of 0.914.
The native of Havlickuv Brod, Czech Rep. moved on to Hershey for the 2016-17 season and had a record of 18-10-2 in 39 regular season appearances with a GAA of 2.54 that ranked third among first-year AHL goaltenders. Vanecek also had a save percentage of 0.909 and five shutouts last season, which were second-best in the AHL.
Vanecek will be with South Carolina when the team returns to action Friday night in Greenville against the Swamp Rabbits at 7 p.m. The Stingrays are back at home Sunday to take on the Jacksonville Icemen at 3:05 p.m.