Capitals Re-Sign Center David Steckel and Defenseman Jamie Hunt
/ Washington Capitals
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 19, 2007
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed center David Steckel and defenseman Jamie Hunt, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Steckel, who signed a two-year deal, has seen action in 12 career games for Washington, appearing in five games during the 2006-07 season. The 25-year-old has spent most of his first two seasons in the NHL with the Capitals’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hershey Bears, posting 95 points (44 goals, 51 assists) in 145 games. He appeared in 71 games for the Bears last season, recording 30 goals and 31 assists for 61 points on the year. His 30 goals and +28 rating both ranked second on the team. Steckel finished tied for the AHL lead with five short-handed tallies and third in the league in plus/minus. He closed out the regular season with a 12-game point streak.
A 6’5’’, 222-pound native of Westbend, Wisc., Steckel has played a key role in Hershey’s recent success in the post-season, skating in 40 games during the Bears’ consecutive trips to the Calder Cup finals (2006, 2007). He has posted 30 career postseason points (16 goals, 14 assists) during his two years with the team, including 15 (six goals, nine assists) in this year’s playoff run.
Prior to signing with Washington as a free agent in 2005, Steckel split time during the 2004-05 season with Manchester (AHL) and Reading (ECHL). Before beginning his professional career, he played four seasons at Ohio State of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Steckel notched 105 points (50 goals, 55 assists) in 146 career games for the Buckeyes and was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team in 2001.
Hunt, 23, made his lone appearance for the Capitals last season when he skated in his first career NHL game on Dec. 29 vs. New Jersey, posting 6:01 of ice time. He spent most of his first season of professional hockey with Hershey, posting two goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 36 games.
A 6’2’’, 200-pound native of Calgary, Alberta, Hunt is the first former Mercyhurst College player to reach the NHL. He played three seasons with the Lakers of Atlantic Hockey prior to beginning his pro career, tallying 81 career points (20 goals, 61 assists) in 98 games played. He was named to the Atlantic Hockey First All-Star Team and the league’s All-Tournament Team in 2006, his final year with Mercyhurst. He also received conference All-Rookie Team honors his rookie season.