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Capitals Re-Sign 10 Players

Monday, Aug. 15th, 2005

The Washington Capitals have re-signed 10 players – Jeff Halpern, Brain Sutherby, Graham Mink, Stephen Peat, Brian Willsie, Brendan Witt, Steve Eminger, Shoane Morrisonn, Nolan Yonkman and Maxime Ouellet – vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

In five NHL seasons Jeff Halpern has totaled 76 goals, 94 assists (170 points) and 272 penalty minutes in 368 games. Fourteen of his goals have come on the power play, seven were shorthanded tallies. He has 14 game-winning goals. In 2003-04 Halpern had a career-best 46 points, scoring 19 goals and adding 27 assists.

Halpern, 29, was signed as a free agent by Washington March 29, 1999. He made his NHL debut with the Capitals in 1999-00. The 6' 0", 198-pound native of Potomac, Md., recorded 12 goals and 16 assists (28 points) and 58 penalty minutes in 24 games with two different teams in the Swiss League in 2004-05.

Prior to beginning his pro career in 1998-99, Halpern played four seasons of collegiate hockey with Princeton of the ECAC. Halpern was named to the ECAC’s second all-star team in both 1998 and 1999. He led the league in goals in both 1997-98 and 1998-99 and led the league in scoring in 1997-98. Halpern has also represented Team USA in several prominent international tournaments.

Brian Sutherby, 23, was selected 26th overall (first round) by Washington in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. The 6' 3", 205-pound native of Edmonton recorded 10 goals, 19 assists (29 points) and 115 penalty minutes in 53 games with the AHL’s Portland Pirates in 2004-05.

In three NHL seasons Sutherby has totaled four goals, nine assists (13 points) and 123 penalty minutes in 109 games. He totaled two goals (two points) and 28 penalty minutes in 30 games with the Capitals in 2003-04.

Prior to beginning his pro career in 2002-03, Sutherby spent four seasons playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. He played for Team Canada in the 2002 World Junior Championships, helping the Canadians to a silver medal.

Graham Mink, 26, was signed as a free agent by Washington April 9, 2002. He made his NHL debut with the Capitals in 2003-04. The 6' 3", 217-pound native of Stowe, Vt., recorded 18 goals, 21 assists (39 points) and 86 penalty minutes in 63 games with the AHL’s Portland Pirates in 2004-05.

In five AHL seasons Mink has totaled 75 goals, 72 assists (147 points) and 325 penalty minutes in 258 games. He has appeared in two NHL games, totaling two penalty minutes. Prior to beginning his pro career in 2001-02, Mink played three seasons of collegiate hockey with Vermont of the ECAC.

Stephen Peat, 25, was selected 32nd overall (second round) by Anaheim in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired from the Ducks in exchange for a fourth-round draft choice June 1, 2000. The 6' 3", 230-pound native of Princeton, B.C., has played three NHL seasons and totaled eight goals, two assists (10 points) and 232 penalty minutes in 129 games. He totaled five goals (five points) and 90 penalty minutes in 64 games with the Capitals in 2003-04, establishing career highs in games, goals, points and penalty minutes.

Prior to beginning his pro career in 2000-01, Peat spent five seasons playing for Red Deer, Tri-City and Calgary of the WHL. He played for the Canadian National Team in 1994-95 and was named recipient of the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s top defenseman in 1998.

Brian Willsie, 27, split last season between Portland of the AHL and Olimpija Ljubljana of the Slovenian League. The 6' 1", 195-pound native of London, Ont., recorded 24 goals, 17 assists (41 points) and 47 penalty minutes in 53 games with Portland in 2004-05.

In four NHL seasons Willsie has totaled 17 goals, 13 assists (30 points) and 47 penalty minutes in 118 games. Three of his goals have come on the power play, one was shorthanded and two have been game-winners. He totaled 10 goals and 15 points in 49 games with the Capitals in 2003-04.

Willsie was selected 146th overall (sixth round) by Colorado in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with Colorado in 1999-00 and came to Washington from the Avalanche via the NHL Waiver Draft Oct. 3, 2003.

Prior to beginning his pro career in 1998-99, Willsie spent three seasons playing for the Guelph Storm of the OHL. He played for Team Canada in the 1998 World Junior Championships.

Brendan Witt, 30, was selected 11th overall (first round) by Washington in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. The 6' 2", 219-pound native of Humboldt, Sask., has played nine seasons in the NHL and recorded 19 goals, 53 assists (72 points) and 894 penalty minutes in 568 games. He totaled two goals, 10 assists (12 points) and 123 penalty minutes in 72 games with the Capitals in 2003-04, establishing a career high in points for the third consecutive season.

Prior to beginning his pro career in 1995-96, Witt spent four seasons playing for Seattle of the WHL. He played for Team Canada in the 1994 World Junior Championships, helping the Canadians to a gold medal in the tournament.

Steve Eminger, 21, was selected 12th overall (first round) by Washington in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Capitals in 2002-03. The 6' 1", 196-pound native of Woodbridge, Ont., represented Portland at the AHL All-Star Game and recorded three goals, 17 assists (20 points) and 40 penalty minutes in 62 games in 2004-05. In two NHL seasons Eminger has totaled six assists (six points) and 69 penalty minutes in 58 games.

Prior to beginning his pro career in 2002-03, Eminger spent four seasons playing for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. He helped lead Kitchener to the Memorial Cup championship in 2003 and helped Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2003 World Junior Championships. Eminger was named a second-team OHL All-Star and a second-team CHL All-Star in 2001-02. He was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star team in 2002-03.

Shoane Morrisonn, 22, was selected 19th overall (first round) by Boston in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Bruins in 2002-03. Morrisonn was obtained from Boston in a trade for defenseman Sergei Gonchar March 3, 2004. The 6' 3", 205-pound native of Vancouver recorded four goals, 14 assists (18 points) and 63 penalty minutes in 71 games with the AHL’s Portland Pirates in 2004-05.

In two NHL seasons Morrisonn has totaled one goal, seven assists (eight points) and 18 penalty minutes in 44 games. He totaled one goal, seven assists (eight points) and 10 penalty minutes in 33 games with Boston and Washington in 2003-04, recording an impressive plus-10 defensive rating in the process.

Prior to beginning his pro career in 2002-03, Morrisonn spent three seasons playing for the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL. He was named Kamloops’ best defenseman in 2000-01.

Nolan Yonkman, 24, was selected 37th overall (second round) by Washington in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Capitals in 2001-02. The 6' 6", 245-pound native of Punnichy, Sask., recorded three assists (three points) and 68 penalty minutes in 32 games with the AHL’s Portland Pirates in 2004-05.

In two NHL seasons Yonkman has totaled one goal (one point) and four penalty minutes in 12 games. Prior to beginning his pro career in 2001-02, Yonkman spent five seasons playing for Kelowna and Brandon of the WHL.

Maxime Ouellet posted a 15-20-3 record, a 2.89 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage with Portland of the AHL last season. The 6' 2", 195-pound native of Beauport, Que., has a 2-4-1 NHL record with one shutout, a 2.99 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. He recorded his first NHL shutout in Washington’s 5-0 victory against the Atlanta Thrashers Dec. 16, 2003. He made his NHL debut with Philadelphia in 2000-01.

Obtained by Washington in a trade with Philadelphia for Adam Oates March 19, 2002, Ouellet, 24, was selected 22nd overall (first round) by the Flyers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to beginning his pro career in 2000-01, Ouellet spent three seasons playing for the Quebec Ramparts and one with Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL. He was named to the QMJHL’s Second All-Star Team in 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2000-01. Ouellet won the Jacques Plante Trophy as the QMJHL’s best goaltender in 1998-99.



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