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I Am The Prospect: Local product Joe Snively proving himself to hometown and Capitals

I Am The Prospect: Local product Joe Snively proving himself to hometown and Capitals

Joe Snively is the second Washington Capitals' prospect featured in NBC Sports Washington's I Am The Prospect series. Click here to check out more profiles from I Am The Prospect.

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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Mike Rizzo says Davey Martinez is 'doing well' following procedure on heart

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Mike Rizzo says Davey Martinez is 'doing well' following procedure on heart

Nationals manager Davey Martinez is on the mend after remaining in Washington following a cardiac catheterization procedure, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told the Sports Junkies on Wednesday.

“Yesterday he was home, he had much more energy than the day before when I spoke to him and I think he’s resting comfortably and doing well," Rizzo said.

In the interim, bench coach Chip Hale has taken over as manager in Martinez's absence during the Nats' series against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Rizzo said Hale and Martinez are in "constant contact" leading up to games and Martinez texts Hale the lineup and they discuss strategy prior to the first pitch.

“We miss Davey's presence and energy and enthusiasm and the players really miss him," Rizzo said. "But until he gets back, this team is under great care and great baseball people.”

Rizzo said Martinez's doctors need to clear him to travel and once they do, he will be rejoining the team.

“The doctors tell me that when he does join the team that he’ll have no limitations and he should be fine," Rizzo said.

The Nationals conclude their series against the Cardinals Wednesday at 1:15 p.m.