Bears’ Roster Altered By Caps’ Trades

Following an unsuccessful three game weekend series where Hershey failed to record one point, the Hershey Bears (28-24-3-5) were affected by two trades by the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

First, on Thursday morning, the Capitals announced they traded a conditional seventh round pick in exchange for Minnesota Wild defenseman Chay Genoway. The 26 year old defenseman registered four goals and 15 assists, along with a plus eleven rating in 53 games for the Houston Aeros this season, which is the minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Wild. His plus eleven ties him with forward Garrett Mitchell for the Bears team lead entering this weekend.

The 5’7”, 177 pound Genoway attended the University of North Dakota before signing with Minnesota directly out of college, posting 127 points in 168 collegiate contests. He’s played in one NHL game for the Wild, recording an assist against the Phoenix Coyotes.

In their second roster move of the day, Washington then traded 24 year old defenseman Kevin Marshall to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for 23 year old forward Nicolas Deschamps. At 6’1”, 182 pounds, Deschamps adds depth to Hershey’s forwards at the left wing position. He was originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks and Brian Burke in the second round of the 2008 NHL entry draft before joining the Maple Leafs.

In 50 games with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL this season, Deschamps recorded seven goals and nine assists along with 26 penalty minutes in 50 games. He totaled 30 points in 40 regular season games for the Marlies last season, along with 12 points in 15 Calder Cup playoff games for Toronto.

Marshall was arguably the Hershey’s top shutdown defenseman before the trade, bringing his physical presence to the Bears’ blue line each and every game. He was originally selected by the Philadelphia Flyers with the 41st pick of the 2007 NHL entry draft, two picks ahead of Montreal Canadiens standout puck moving defenseman P.K. Subban.

Marshall was originally traded for forward Matt Ford, who was also traded this week by the Philadelphia Flyers. Ford joins the Springfield Falcons, AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Hershey plays two home games this weekend at Giant Center, first against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday night, followed by a Sunday contest against the Adirondack Phantoms at Giant Center. You can purchase tickets at the Giant Center box office, over the phone at 717-508-BEAR or on the Hershey Bears website.

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