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Kyle Beach

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks

QUICK FACTS

• Finished second overall in goals and third overall in points (27-33--60) on the Everett Silvertips in 2007-08.

• Was the only player in the WHL in 2007-08 to average a point-per-game while averaging over
three penalty minutes per game (3.7) -- the next closest player is Kelowna’s Brandon Leavold,
who averaged a point per game with 2.36 penalty minutes per game.

• Awarded the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the WHL Rookie of the Year after scoring 29
goals (29-32--61) during the 2006-07 season.

• Helped Team Canada finish fourth at the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2007 and was named to the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game, but was unable to participate due to injury.

• Helped Team British Columbia finish fourth at the 2007 Canada Winter Games, registering seven points (4-3--7) in five games.

• His father, Ike, was co-captain of the 1981 Syracuse University football team along with former New York Giant great Joe Morris and his uncle was an All-American football captain at West Point.

• Played for the Massena Minor Hockey Association from the age of three until he was 14.

HE SAID IT

On his style of play: “I consider myself a power-forward, I like to get in the corners and get dirty, I’ll go to the places that most people won’t go to get that extra goal, or just to win the battle, to get the team the possession of the puck and hopefully create something in the offensive zone.”

On what motivates him: “I’m a really competitive person on and off the ice. I love to win, hate
losing. When I come to the rink, scoring that winning goal, or knowing that you’re going to be in a Game 7 or a championship game is the best feeling for me. Seeing my teammates smile after the game, after a win is a great feeling and I look forward to that every night.”

THEY SAID IT

Everett head coach John Becanic: “Kyle is a really unique player, probably the most unique
player in the draft this year in the fact that he plays a difficult game and is a difficult player to play against. He’s physical, he’s strong, he has skill, he has every dimension needed to be a power forward in the National Hockey League.”

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