The Washington Capitals announced rookie center Travis Boyd will make his NHL debut against San Jose on Monday night. Boyd is a former Gophers standout.
Boyd has three goals and 17 assists in 23 games this season for Hershey of the American Hockey League. He played in 176 consecutive regular season games for the Bears, and 208 overall, counting playoffs.
Boyd signed a two-way contract with the Capitals at the start of the season, a deal which pays him $650,000 in the NHL and $115,000 in the AHL. He was team MVP and led Hershey last season with 63 points, and was chosen to the AHL All-Star Game.
A sixth-round (177th overall) pick by Washington in 2011, Boyd is a Hopkins native who played four seasons (2011-15) for the Gophers. He had 19 goals and 22 assists for the Gophers as a senior.