Photo credit: Kyle Mace of SHOE

News broke on Monday night that the Caps have signed their second fighter in a week. This time it’s Hershey’s 27-year-old defender, Steve Oleksy.

Sweetest Hockey on Earth superstar Kyle Mace writes about Steve Oleksy all the time, so we’re giving him the floor to introduce us to the new Caps’ latest acquisition:

Steve Oleksy (pronounced OH-lexi) is one of the team leaders for the Hershey Bears. This call up is his first shot at the NHL. He leads the Bears in penalty minutes, mostly due to fights caused by sticking up for his teammates. Off the ice, Oleksy is one of the most down-to-earth players you will meet. Very involved on Twitter, Oleksy is the founder and president of Eastside Elite Hockey, a summer hockey league that helps players stay in shape.

The Chesterfield, Michigan native will be a good addition to the Caps blue line. Oates watched Oleksy earlier this season as an assistant to Mark French during the lockout. Don’t be surprised to see Steve throw his body around. Despite being only six feet tall and weighing just 190, he is still a big force on the ice.

Read about Steve Oleksy on SHOE.

Check out Oleksy’s Instagram.

And here’s the Capitals press release:

Capitals Sign and Recall Steven Oleksy from Hershey

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Steven Oleksy to a one-year contract and recalled him from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Oleksy, 27, has recorded two goals, 12 assists and 151 penalty minutes in 55 games with Hershey this season. He currently leads the Bears and ranks third among AHL defensemen in penalty minutes. The 6’, 190-pound defenseman spent last season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, appearing in 50 games posting one goal, 14 assists and 98 penalty minutes. He also tied for third on the team with a plus-16 efficiency rating.

The Chesterfield, Michigan native was originally signed by Hershey on July 2, 2012. He will participate in Washington’s morning skate tomorrow at 10 am at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and will wear No. 61 for the Capitals.

  • Hockeynightincanada

    So the Caps re-sign John Erskine, claim Volpatti off of waivers, and now call up Olesky. I think it says quite a bit about what kind of players Oates feels this team needs right now. Not over the top players, but it adds toughness and I’d take that over some of the soft bunch we’ve been playing earlier this season.

  • brian!

    Sounds about right, I just wonder where he plans to put the tough guys on a limited roster and how he plans to utilize them, given the way the NHL is slowly moving away from fights and physical brutality. I’m also reminded of Hunters failed Joel Rechlicz experiment last season.

  • Hockeynightincanada

    I think right now it’s a matter of adding character. I don’t want to turn the clock too far back, but let’s go back as far as Clark, Brads, Brash, and Heward since we had a team full of guys willing to protect our top-line forwards/star players. Teams disrespect us and take frequent runs at us because they know that nobody but Hendricks will respond. Saturday was a good start, but I think it’s Oates sending a message to his own team.

    Agree, fighting isn’t as frequent in the game as it used to be, but contrary to what people say, it still plays a major role when the timing is right. I’m a bit old fashioned though, but I believe you need a balance of everything on your squad, from flashy forwards, energy line guys, shut down D-men puckmoving d-men, and your enforcers. All go hand in hand.

  • Fedor
  • Fedor

    Meant AHL regular in that tweet. Late night tweeting is hard.

  • I loved Clark and Brads (and to a lesser extent Brash). I’m completely opposed to enforcers or guys whose main duty is fighting, but I can’t get enough of a tough checking line that can throw hits when needed. A couple guys like Bradley can be great for a team as long– especially at a 650k-1mil salary.

  • Hockeynightincanada

    Bradley was great….I admired Clark to in unique ways he contributed. He was a solid 4th line winger brought in to shut down the other team, and that’s what he did. Good leader, won pucks along the board, wore out the opposition in the opponent’s end of the ice. I think that 30 goal season raised the expectations a bit for some unfortunately, and even more unlucky to have had the injury problems he was dealing with.

  • serpent

    Well—-ok. As long as we don’t morph into the Monumental Bullies.