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Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Free Agent Center Kris Beech

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Kris Beech to a one-year, two-way NHL – American Hockey League contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced August 7. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Beech, 26, collected eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points and 46 penalty minutes in 64 games last season with the Washington Capitals. He tied for fifth on the club in goals and was seventh in points, while setting a new career high in points. He has accumulated 19-37-56 with 109 penalty minutes in 173 career games with Washington, Nashville and Pittsburgh. He was the Capitals' first pick, seventh overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

The Salmon Arm, British Columbia native collected 75-135-210 with 373 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of plus-33 in 239 career American Hockey League games with Hershey, Milwaukee and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He tallied 28-27-55 with 48 penalty minutes in 59 playoff games, while leading Hershey to the 2006 Calder Cup championship. In 240 games with Calgary of the Western Hockey League, he amassed 91-165-256 with 329 penalty minutes and added 10-22-32 with 82 penalty minutes in 33 career playoff games, including a WHL championship in 1999.

The Blue Jackets will participate in the annual Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan September 7-12. The club will open its seventh training camp in Columbus with physicals and strength & conditioning testing on Thursday, September 13 and on-ice workouts on Friday, September 14.

Individual tickets for 2007-08 regular season home games go on sale Saturday, September 15 with preseason game tickets available beginning Friday, August 10 at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The Blueline Team Stores at The Chiller Ice Rinks and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Season and group tickets are on sale now. For information, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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