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Caps recall leading AHL scorer

The Washington Capitals on Thursday evening recalled forward Keith Aucoin from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Aucoin leads the AHL in points (70) and assists (59) in 43 games with Hershey this season. This marks the seventh time Aucoin has tallied at least 70 points in an AHL campaign, the fourth as a member of the Hershey Bears. Additionally, Aucoin is 13 assists shy of tying a career high for assists in a single season, and 30 assists shy of matching the AHL record for helpers in a single campaign (89).

The Waltham, Mass., native has appeared in 75 NHL games with Washington and Carolina Hurricanes, collecting 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists). The six-time AHL All-Star Classic participant was the winner of the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the AHL’s leading scorer in 2010 and received the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL’s MVP for the 2009-10 season. In 673 career AHL games, Aucoin has recorded 777 points (223 goals, 554 assists) and is one assist shy of Art Stratton for fifth all-time in assists in AHL history. He is a two-time Calder Cup champion with the Hershey Bears.

The 5-foot-8, 171-pound center was signed by the Capitals as a free agent on July 3, 2008. He will wear No. 23 for Washington.