Centre Jim Hrycuik played 21 games for the Washington Capitals in 1974-75. He was a decent goal scorer but his pro career was relatively short and took place chiefly in the minor leagues.
Born in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Hrycuik first gained attention in the SSHL with the Moose Jaw Canucks and Regina Caps. Prior to the 1972-73 season the AHL's Hershey Bears signed him. That year he was also loaned to the Fort Wayne Komets of the IHL. After recording 26 goals for Hershey in 1973-74, the young pivot was claimed by the Capitals in the NHL Expansion Draft.
Despite the fact that he only lasted a quarter of a season in Washington, Hrycuik carved a permanent place in team history by scoring its first regular season goal versus the New York Rangers during a 6-3 loss on October 9. He toiled with the AHL's Richmond Robins until retiring at the conclusion of the 1975-76 season.