Capitals Sign Defenseman Jamie Hunt, Forward Matt Stefanishion

WASHINGTON , D.C. – The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Jamie Hunt and forward Matt Stefanishion to two-year entry-level contracts, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Hunt, 21, was a free agent who recently completed his junior season with Mercyhurst, where he led all NCAA defensemen with 1.36 points per game (45 points in 33 games played). He had 12 goals and 33 assists, finishing fourth on the Lakers in scoring. The 6’2”, 195-pound Calgary , Alberta , native was a first-team all-conference selection in Atlantic Hockey and was named to the league’s All-Tournament Team. He led Mercyhurst with a +21 rating and had 49 penalty minutes.

Stefanishion, 22, was a free agent who played two years at Ferris State of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The 6’3”, 210-pound forward was limited to 23 games this season, but posted nine goals and four assists (13 points), with six goals coming on the power play. A native of Daysland , Alberta , he had 21 goals and 13 assists in his collegiate career and was an Honorable Mention CCHA All-Rookie Team selection in 2004-05.


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