The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Joel Rechlicz to a one-year, two-way contract extension.

Before the 08-09 season, Rechlicz signed a 3 year entry-level contract with the New York Islanders. On March 5, 2009, Rechlicz made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders, recording an assist in the game. That same year Rechlicz played 17 games in the NHL from going to the ECHL to the NHL in a very short amount of time. During the 2009-10 season, Rechlicz made the Islanders out of training camp and started the year in the NHL shortly after he was assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for more playing time.

On July 13, 2010, Rechlicz had an agreement with the Islanders for a mutual release of his contract for reasons unknown and was put on Unconditional waivers by the Islanders, his last year of his NHL contract was terminated and he became an unrestricted free agent after he cleared waivers on July 14, 2010. On July 29, 2010, Rechlicz without an NHL offer, signed a one-year AHL deal with the Hershey Bears despite appearing in only 28 games with the Bears, Rechlicz was signed to a one-year extension for the 2011-12 season on July 29, 2011. After signing with NHL affiliate, the Washington Capitals midway through the season, on February 3, 2012, after three games the Washington placed Rechlicz on waivers, and he was sent down to return to the Bears after he cleared waivers on February 4, 2012. Rechlicz posted 154 penalty minutes in 40 games with Hershey and Portland of the AHL last season.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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