WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals have re-signed Devante Smith-Pelly to a one year contract, announced Thursday by the team's vice president and general manager.

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The 26-year-old's contract will carry an average annual value of $1.0 million, according to a release.

This season Smith-Pelly scored 16 points in a career-high 75 games. He had key roles in the Caps winning the Stanley Cup.

He was tied for fourth on the Capitals in goals and scored in three-straight games in the Stanley Cup Final against Vegas, according to a tweet from the Capitals.

For some fans, he is also helping to change perceptions and break stereotypes.

“You’ve got African Americans that play hockey, that love hockey, love sports,” Alphonso Wilkins said.