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Nothing motivates quite like the chance to be a hometown hero. That potential role for Joe Snively of Herndon, Virginia, runs deep as he celebrated the Capitals first franchise Stanley Cup Championship as a fan with the rest of D.C. around Capital One Arena mere months before signing his first professional contract with them as an undrafted free agent.
The Yale bulldog scored in each of his four seasons in New Haven, and before that he was learning youth hockey in the Capitals' community programs held where the Capitals practice, at MedStar Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia.
Snively, born in 1996, has watched the Alex Ovechkin impact spread a passion for the Capitals and hockey itself across the DMV. Ovechkin was selected first overall by the Washington Capitals in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Todd Reirden noted that with area prospects, "you don't want to force them, just because it's a nice local story," but it's about evaluating what the team needs. In Snively's case, he adds "forward depth" that Washington is looking for.
"He's here not because he's from there area," assistant GM Ross Mahoney said. "He's here because he got a good chance of playing for the Capitals in the future."
Mahoney oversees the Capitals' NHL Entry Draft, developmental programs, keeping tabs and evaluating league prospects and Washington's amateur scouting staff.
Snively, at 5'9" and 180 pounds, said his size "has always been a knock" on him as a player and is a reason why he wasn't drafted.
Because of the similar story, many compare Snively to Jeff Halpern, a former Capital and current assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Halpern hails from Potomac, Maryland, played for the Capitals twice over 14 seasons, and was the first member of the Capitals to ever come from the D.C. area.
As for his hopes for potential impact on young hockey players around the DMV, "I don't know if inspire is the right word," Snively said, but he definitely wants to show them that anything is possible.
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