Washington recalled veteran center Keith Aucoin from the Hershey Bears and he will participate in practice on Friday at KCI.

Aucoin, 33, leads the AHL in points (70) and assists (59) through 43 games with the Bears this season.

This marks his first recall to the Capitals this season and if he plays in a game it will be his first appearance in a Washington sweater since Dec. 28, 2010 against Montreal.

Over the course of his career, Aucoin (5-foot-8, 171 pounds) has played in 75 NHL games with the Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes. Aucoin will wear No. 23 for the Capitals.

Earlier on Thursday, Washington reassigned rookie forward Cody Eakin to Hershey opening up a spot on the 23-man roster for Aucoin.

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