Capitals Goalie Sets Sail for the KHL After Ten Years in North America

Published June 5, 2023 at 11:02
Alexei Volkov, General Manager of Traktor Chelyabinsk in the KHL, made an announcement regarding a veteran netminder under contract with the Washington Capitals.

Zach Fucale to Join the KHL

Here's the statement:

"We negotiated with the Canadian goalie. He's currently playing in the AHL conference finals. We will wait until his season is over, and then we can officially announce the signing. But it's not such a big mystery anymore: we're talking about Zach Fucale.

He's a skilled goalie who has been considering continuing his career in the KHL for a long time. Here, he wants to find new motivation for himself and raise his level of play.

As soon as he finishes playing for Hershey, and we receive permission from Washington to announce an agreement before July 1, when his contract expires, we will make an official announcement." - Alexei Volkov

Fucale played only in the AHL this season. In 38 games with the Hershey Bears, he had a 21-11-4 record, a 2.54 goals-against average, and a .902 save percentage.

The Bears are currently waiting to know who they'll face in the AHL Finals. Fucale played only one game in the playoffs.

The KHL Gains in Popularity

Leaving North America to go to Russia is an important decision for Fucale. We can explain this move by the development strategies used in the AHL. Often, they prioritize young players over veterans, even if it means weakening the team.

In the KHL, he'll be the number one goaltender and will play a lot.

More and more players choose to move their careers to Russia, as the NHL is only getting faster. Some can't keep up with the pace, and the KHL is a great league to fall back on.

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Capitals Goalie Sets Sail for the KHL After Ten Years in North America

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