Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Capitals Earn Dividends on Youth Hockey Investment

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Capitals Earn Dividends on Youth Hockey Investment

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Joe Snively cheered for the Washington Capitals growing up and played his youth hockey at their practice facility as part of the Little Caps program run with help from the team.

Soon, he could be playing for the big Capitals. Snively signed a two-year, entry-level deal with his hometown team for next season.

The 23-year-old college free agent who grew up in Herndon, Virginia, and played at Yale became the latest local product to sign an NHL contract and is more evidence of the effect the program has had on the growth of youth hockey in the Washington area.

"It's pretty cool for this area, for fans and for kids," Ovechkin said. "They see the progress that hockey did in the United States and, obviously, in D.C., and it's pretty cool."

Snively joins 2009 Penguins draft pick Nick Petersen, 2010 Canadiens first-rounder Jarred Tinordi and Minnesota's Sam Anas as Little Caps alumni to sign an NHL contract. …

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