Wey preparing for 'amazing' NHL experience

Wey preparing for 'amazing' NHL experience
December 7, 2013, 3:15 pm
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When rookie defenseman Patrick Wey received the phone call that he’d be leaving the Hershey Bears and joining the Capitals, he immediately phoned his father, then his mother, then his older brother, then his older sister.

“No one picked up,” he said. “I was just sitting in my [hotel] room for 30 minutes and it felt like an hour.”

When Wey finally reached his father, an executive with Trane heating and air conditioning in North Jersey, he was in the middle of a meeting.

“It was actually funny because he was still at work and he said, ‘Oh yeah? That’s cool.’" Patrick Wey said. "I was like, ‘Is that your professional reaction?’”

Wey’s parents, Steve and Mary Jane, and his sister Ashley, will probably have a different reaction tonight at Verizon Center when they see him make his NHL debut against the Nashville Predators [7 p.m.m CSN].

A 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenseman with a right-handed shot, Wey will wear No. 56 and play on the right side of Dmitry Orlov, who will be playing in just his third game of the season for the Caps.

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“George [McPhee] watched him down in Hershey and he had good reports and we thought we’d put him in,” Capitals coach Adam Oates said. “I’m sure he’s going to be so jacked. It can be overwhelming so we need to get him as relaxed as possible.”

Wey, 22, was taken by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL draft. After spending four years at Boston College Wey signed a two-year, $1.8 million contract with the Caps and began this season with the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

A self-described defensive defenseman, Wey was recalled by AHL Hershey Bears on Dec. 5 and registered one goal and two assists in seven games.

“It’s been quite a ride,” Wey said. “The guys around me have made me feel comfortable. I’ve moved around so much. It’s been a lot of fun living out of hotels.”

Wey grew up in Pittsburgh but has a connection with the Baltimore-Washington region. His father, Steve, grew up in Baltimore and was captain of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team in 1979. After winning two NCAA titles, Steve Wey went on to play professional lacrosse for the Philadelphia Wings and served as their first coach in 1987.

The Wey family moved from Baltimore to Pittsburgh, where Patrick played youth hockey for the Pittsburgh Hockey Association, for which Steve Wey served as Board President.

Wey said he’s excited to have his family, which has since moved to Bergen County in New Jersey, share in his first NHL game.

“It’s pretty awesome,” he said. “Its something I’ve always dreamed about and it’ll be amazing.”