The Washington Capitals have signed center David Steckel to a one-year contract extension for the 2009-10 season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Steckel was already under contract with the Capitals for the upcoming season and would have been an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of 2008-09.
Steckel, 26, completed his fourth professional season and first full NHL campaign in 2007-08. A 6’5”, 222-pound native of Westbend, Wisc., Steckel averaged 13:33 of ice time in 67 games, leading the team and finishing seventh in the NHL with a 56.3% faceoff percentage. Steckel registered 12 points (five goals, seven assists), including his first career NHL goal on Oct. 24 against Tampa Bay.
The former Ohio State Buckeye and 2001 first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings has played 79 career NHL games, all with the Capitals. Steckel joined the Washington organization in 2005 and was a key contributor in the Hershey Bears’ back-to-back Eastern Conference championships in the American Hockey League and the 2006 Calder Cup title. Steckel was a 30-goal scorer for the Bears in 2006-07, playing for current Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau.
David Steckel Center Ht.: 6’5” Wt.: 222 Shoots: Left Born: March 15, 1982 (Westbend, Wisconsin) Drafted: Los Angeles’ first-round choice, 30th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft Acquired: Signed as a free agent, August 25, 2005