The Washington Capitals have signed Hershey Bears defenseman Julien Brouillette to a one year, two way contract beginning next season.
After not getting drafted into the NHL, Brouillette turned professional signing as an undrafted player with the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL. He would go on to sign with the Charlotte Checkers, who at the time were apart of the ECHL and not the AHL like they currently are, spending two seasons with the club. Since departing the club in 2009-2010, Brouillette has spent time with the Providence Bruins, Hartford Wolf Pack, Charlotte Checkers (AHL), Lake Erie Monsters and most recently, the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. Brouillette, 26, has played 52 games with the Bears this season, recording one goal, five points and 35 penalty minutes. His plus-seven rating ranks tops among defensemen that have spent the entire campaign in Hershey. In 201 career AHL games, the defenseman has accumulated 48 points (11 goals, 37 assists) and 83 penalty minutes.
The Capitals also announced the signing of Patrick Wey to a two-year, entry-level contract beginning in 2013-14. The defenseman recently completed his senior season at Boston College, recording career highs in points with 13, assists with 12, games played with 37 and penalty minutes with 54 while registering a plus-14 rating this season. Wey helped Boston College to a 22-12-4 record and a berth in the NCAA final tournament. He was named a 2013 Hockey East Second-Team All-Star and named Hockey East’s 2013 Best Defensive Defenseman.
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