WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Kris Beech, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Capitals first-round draft selection in 1999, Beech, 25, was reacquired by the Capitals at this year’s trade deadline and was a member of the 2006 Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL). He ranked second on the team in playoff points with 28 (14 goals, 14 assists) in 21 games.
Beech appeared in 10 regular-season games for Hershey, posting 14 points (eight goals, six assists). Prior to joining the Capitals, Beech was playing for the Nashville Predators’ AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. In 48 games with the Admirals, Beech ranked third on the team in goals (18) and points (50). In 58 regular-season AHL games this year, Beech scored 64 points (26 goals, 38 assists), tops among Hershey players. He also appeared in five games for the Capitals last season and has played 104 career NHL games with the Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Predators, recording 11 goals and 19 assists (30 points).
Beech was originally drafted by the Capitals in the first round of the 1999 Entry Draft (seventh overall). The 6’2”, 208-pound native of Salmon Arm, B.C., played four games with the Capitals in 2000-01 before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 11, 2001, with Ross Lupaschuk, Michal Sivek and future considerations in exchange for Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera.
Beech was traded from Pittsburgh to Nashville on Sept. 9, 2005, and appeared in five games for the Predators this season, recording one goal and two assists.
Kris Beech Position: Center Birthday: Feb. 5, 1981 (Salmon Arm, B.C.) Height: 6-2 Weight: 208 Shoots: Left Drafted: Capitals’ first-round choice, seventh overall, in the 1999 Entry Draft Acquired: From Nashville with a first-round choice in the 2006 Entry Draft for Brendan Witt, March 9, 2006