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Capitals Re-Sign Center Kris Beech

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
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
 
Career Statistics:
                                                                         Regular Season                            Playoffs
Year         Team             League       GP         G      A    Pts  PIM           GP        G      A      Pts   PIM
1996-97  Calgary          WHL              8          1       1       2       0           --        --       --        --        --
1997-98  Calgary          WHL            58        10     25     35     24        12         4       5         9      32
1998-99  Calgary          WHL            68        26     41     67   103          6         1       4         5        8
1999-00  Calgary          WHL            66        32     54     86     99          5         3       5         8      16
2000-01  Calgary          WHL            40        22     44     66   103         10         2       8       10     26
                  CAPITALS     NHL              4          0       0       0       2            --        --       --        --        --
2001-02  Pittsburgh      NHL            79        10     15     25     45          --        --       --        --        --
2002-03  Pittsburgh       NHL            12          0       1       1       6           --        --       --        --        --
                  Wilkes-Barre AHL            50        19     24     43     76          5         1       1         2        0
2003-04  Pittsburgh       NHL              4          0       1       1       6           --        --       --        --        --
                  Wilkes-Barre  AHL            53        20     25     45     97         22         9       6       15     22
2004-05  Wilkes-Barre  AHL            68        14     48     62   146         11         4       6       10     14
2005-06  CAPITALS       NHL            5          0       0       0       4              -         -        -         -         -           
                 Nashville         NHL              5          1       2       3       0            -         -        -         -         -
                Milwaukee        AHL            48        18     32     50     48           -         -        -         -         -
                Hershey             AHL            10        8       6     14       6          21       14     14       28       30
CAPITALS Totals                                  9          0       0       0       6               -         -        -         -         -
NHL Totals                                        109       11     19     30     63               -         -        -         -         -
 
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