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Aug. 25: Capitals Sign Dave Steckel

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

Capitals Sign Dave Steckel



WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 25 - The Washington Capitals have signed free agent center Dave Steckel to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Steckel, 23, was a first-round choice of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (30th overall). He spent most of last season - his first in professional hockey - with the Manchester Monarchs, who finished with the second-best record in the AHL. Steckel posted 10 goals and seven assists (17 points) in 63 games with Manchester, adding a goal and an assist in six playoff games. He also had three goals and six assists (nine points) in nine games with Reading in the ECHL.

The 6' 5", 200-pound native of Westbend, Wis., played four years of college hockey at Ohio State. He had 50 goals and 55 assists (105 points) in 146 games for the Buckeyes, earned Central Collegiate Hockey Association All-Rookie Team honors in 2000-01 and helped lead the team to the NCAA tournament as a junior and senior.

Capitals season-ticket and partial plans for the 2005-06 season are now available. Season-ticket prices were reduced by an average of 11% last summer and will start at as low as $14 per game. Recently the Capitals announced an additional 5% rebate on all season and partial plans renewed or purchased before to Sept. 1. Call 202-266-CAPS or visit WashingtonCaps.com for information.  Plan holders can also take advantage of the Caps PowerPay option - monthly payments with no fees or charges.

 

Dave Steckel

Position: Center

Birthday: March 15, 1982 (Westbend, Wis.)

Height: 6-5         Weight: 200         Shoots: Left

Acquired: Signed as a free agent, Aug. 25, 2005.

 

Career Statistics:

                                                                                 Regular Season                                             Playoffs

Year           Team                           League          GP      G       A     Pts      PIM          GP      G       A     Pts   PIM

1998-99    U.S. National U-17     USDP             51       3      14      17         18              -        -        -        -        -

               U.S. National U-18     USDP               2       0       0       0          2              -        -        -        -        -

1999-00    U.S. National U-18     USDP             52      13      13      26         94              -        -        -        -        -

2000-01    Ohio State                 CCHA             33      17      18      35         80              -        -        -        -        -                 

2001-02    Ohio State                 CCHA             36       6      16      22         75              -        -        -        -        -                 

2002-03    Ohio State                 CCHA             36      10       8      18         50              -        -        -        -        -     

2003-04    Ohio State                 CCHA             41      17      13      30         44              -        -        -        -        -     

2004-05    Manchester                 AHL               63      10       7      17         26             6       1       1       2       4

               Reading                     ECHL               9       3       6       9          2              -        -        -        -        -

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