Matthew Speck | @m_speck

Matthew Speck covers the Washington Capitals organization for The Hockey Writers. He's credentialed for Washington's AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, and covers most home games. Matthew also covers high school sports for the Lebanon Daily News. You can email him at with any questions or comments.

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Recent Articles by Matthew

Braden Holtby will now have Justin Peters behind him and Philip Grubauer waiting in the wings in the AHL, so there is definitely a scenario for healthy competition here. (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

Why the Washington Capitals Penalty Kill Can Improve

Compared to their elite power play the Washington Capitals penalty kill isn’t a strong part of the team. They finished 16th in the NHL last season with an 82% success […]

by · August 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
Joel Rechlicz (M. Richter/Capitals Outsider)

Do the Hershey Bears Need an Enforcer?

The Hershey Bears inked forward Tim Spencer to an AHL contract on Thursday, as he’ll get the opportunity to become the team’s enforcer on the fourth line this upcoming season. […]

(Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

Washington Capitals: What to Expect From Nathan Walker

Twenty year old Nathan Walker was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the third round this summer in Philadelphia, fulfilling a hope of many in Australia, where the Cardiff native […]

The Hershey Bears and Trademarks

The Hershey Bears and Trademarks

The Hershey Bears coined the phrase “Defend The Den” as their rallying cry to begin the 2013-14 season under newly hired head coach Mike Haviland. The team had lost in […]

by · August 7, 2014 · 0 comments · Hershey Bears
Washington Capitals prospect Patrick Koudys (Mark Selders/Penn State Athletic Communications)

Washington Capitals: Interview With Prospect Patrick Koudys

The Pegula Ice Arena is going to be an attraction for college hockey recruits and fans at Pennsylvania State University as the Nittany Lions look to build off their first […]

Tom Wilson (Tom Turk/The Hockey Writers)

Washington Capitals: Tom Wilson Needs More Minutes

Washington Capitals 2012 first round draft selection Tom Wilson came to Washington after dominant seasons with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), drawing comparisons to elite power […]

by · July 18, 2014 · 2 comments · Washington Capitals
Braden Holtby (Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Washington Capitals Social Media Guide

The NHL offseason is in full effect with development camps across the league set to take place. The Washington Capitals are amid diverse changes in personnel throughout the organization. Below […]

by · July 7, 2014 · 1 comment · Washington Capitals
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Hershey Bears Announce New Coaching Staff

After a few months of searching, the Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears announced that Troy Mann will lead their AHL club for the 2014-15 season. Mann spent last season as […]

(Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

Washington Capitals: Brian MacLellan’s First Big Moves

The Washington Capitals had major needs to fill and they did exactly that on July 1st, the first day that free agents can officially sign contracts. New General Manager Brian […]

by · July 2, 2014 · 1 comment · Washington Capitals
Hershey Bears Offseason Preview

Hershey Bears Offseason Preview

Free agency gets underway at the NHL and AHL levels today, with the Washington Capitals organization set to make some important signings and transactions. The Capitals have still yet to […]

Washington Capitals: Q and A With Scott Murray

Washington Capitals: Q and A With Scott Murray

With Mitch Korn officially in the fold as the Washington Capitals goaltending coach, the search continues for the associate goalie coach. One candidate who could fit is Scott Murray, who […]

by · June 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
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Washington Capitals Hire Mitch Korn

After Barry Trotz joined the Washington Capitals as the club’s next head coach, many imagined he’d be joined by a few assistants from the Nashville Predators. That possibility came to […]

by · June 24, 2014 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals