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Capitals Sign David Steckel to Contract Extension

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
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

Career Statistics
                Regular Season                                            Playoffs
Year    Team    League    GP    G    A    Pts    PIM    +/-    PP    SH    GW    S    GP    G    A    Pts    PIM
1998-99    U.S. Under-17    NAHL    51    3    14    17    18    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
    U.S. Under-18    USHL    2    0    0    0    2    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
1999-00    U.S. Under-18    USHL    52    13    13    26    94    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
2000-01    Ohio State    CCHA    33    17    18    35    80    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
2001-02    Ohio State    CCHA    36    6    16    22    75    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
2002-03    Ohio State    CCHA    36    10    8    18    50    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
2003-04    Ohio State    CCHA    41    17    13    30    44    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
2004-05    Manchester    AHL    63    10    7    17    26    -    -    -    -    -    6    1    1    2    4
    Reading    ECHL    9    3    6    9    2    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
2005-06    CAPITALS    NHL    7    0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    6    -    -    -    -    -
    Hershey    AHL    74    14    20    34    58    -    -    -    -    -    21    10    5    15    20
2006-07    CAPITALS    NHL    5    0    0    0    2    -2    0    0    0    4    -    -    -    -    -
    Hershey    AHL    71    30    31    61    46    -    -    -    -    -    19    6    9    15    16
2007-08    CAPITALS    NHL    67    5    7    12    34    1    0    0    1    66    7    1    1    2    4
NHL/CAPITALS TOTALS        79    5    7    12    36    0    0    0    1    76    7    1    1    2    4

CCHA All-Rookie Team (2001)
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