WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Steve Eminger, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Eminger, 22, has spent the first three years of his NHL career as a Capital, recording five goals and 19 assists for 24 points and 150 penalty minutes in 124 games. He enjoyed the best season of his career last year, finishing third among Capitals defensemen with five goals and 13 assists for 18 points in 66 games. Eminger was second on the team with 120 blocked shots and third on the team with 21:16 average ice time. He was also runner-up for the NHL’s Defensive Player of the Week award, Oct. 17, 2005.
Eminger played two seasons (2003-04 and 2004-05) with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL), appearing in 103 games and posting three goals and 21 assists for 24 points and 80 penalty minutes.
He enjoyed a standout four-year career in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), appearing in 191 games for the Kitchener Rangers (1999-00 through 2002-03). He was named to the OHL Second All-Star Team in 2001-02 and 2002-03 and was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team in 2002-03. He led Kitchener to the Memorial Cup championship in 2003. Eminger also represented Canada at the 2003 World Junior Championships, recording two assists in six games while helping Team Canada to a silver medal.
A 6’2”, 217-pound native of Toronto, Eminger was the Capitals’ first-round choice, 12th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft.
Steve Eminger Position: Defenseman Birthday: Oct. 31, 1983 (Toronto, Ont.) Height: 6-2 Weight: 217 Shoots: Right Drafted: Capitals’ first-round choice, 12th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft