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Brett Flemming’s old-school style impresses Washington Capitals coaches

Greg Burke, left, and defenseman Brett Flemming vie for the puck during drills. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)

After four seasons with the Mississaugua St. Michael’s Majors in the OHL, Flemming, 20, should have the chance to suit up for Hershey in the fall, according to Bears Coach Mark French.

“He really is a throwback type of player,” French said. “He’s very willing to engage physically and wins a lot of battles along the boards.

“He’s one guy I’m very excited about having in Hershey because he’s got real good leadership qualities,” French continued, “a real good work ethic and he’s just a real solid person to have in the room -- in addition to his play.”

Flemming, who was a fifth-round pick in 2009, recorded four goals and 43 points during the 2010-11 OHL regular season and finished the year with a plus-60 rating, best among all league defensemen. His Majors were ultimately defeated in the Memorial Cup final by Saint John, but in 20 playoff games he added another 13 points.

While he may not be an offensive juggernaut, Capitals coaches have taken notice of Flemming’s ability to make a well-placed outlet pass and work well in conjunction with the offense – even if he isn’t the guy putting the puck in the back of the net.

One of Flemming’s hurdles as he adjusts to the professional game will be his size. Listed at 5-11, 184, Flemming doesn’t possess intimidating size but that hasn’t been a deterrent to his progress thus far in his career.

“It’s been a challenge,” Flemming said. “I’ve been told that my whole life, but in my opinion I don’t play to my size. I try to throw my body around and embrace contact when it comes.”


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