Capitals Acquire Defenseman Tom Gilbert


Veteran of 655 NHL games will report to Hershey

Hershey, PA – The Washington Capitals, the NHL affiliate of the Hershey Bears hockey team, have acquired defenseman Tom Gilbert from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for future considerations. Gilbert will report to Hershey.

Gilbert, 34, has skated in 18 games with the Kings this season, scoring five points (one goal, four assists). He was assigned to the Ontario Reign of the AHL on Feb. 2 and notched one assist in five games.

The Bloomington, Minnesota native has played 11 seasons in the NHL with Montreal, Florida, Minnesota, Edmonton, and Los Angeles. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound defender has scored 223 points (45 goals, 178 assists) and registered 198 penalty minutes in 655 NHL games. Originally a fourth-round selection (129th overall) by Colorado at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Gilbert has also appeared in 17 career Stanley Cup playoff games with five points (two goals, three assists) and 16 penalty minutes.

Gilbert has played in 53 AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Ontario, scoring 31 points (four goals, 27 assists). Prior to turning professional, Gilbert was a standout at the University of Wisconsin, scoring the game-winning goal to lead the Badgers to the NCAA national championship over Boston College in 2006.

The Bears continue a busy month of February with three games away from home ice this weekend. The club visits Providence on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:05 p.m. before completing the weekend with a 3 p.m. game in Bridgeport on Sunday, Feb. 19. All games may be heard on the Bears Radio Network and viewed on AHL Live. Hershey returns to home ice on Saturday, Feb. 25 to host the Toronto Marlies at 7 p.m. That evening is Ames Janitorial Services Rally Towel Night and Banking/Finance Night. Ticket information is available at


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