February 5, 1981 |
Salmon Arm, BC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)|
|HC TWK Innsbruck
Columbus Blue Jackets
|NHL Draft||7th overall, 1999
Kristopher Beech (born February 5, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre, currently playing for the HC TWK Innsbruck in the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL). Beech was born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, but grew up in Sicamous, British Columbia.
Beech was drafted 7th overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals. At the time he was playing for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Beech was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in July 2001 with Michal Sivek, Ross Lupaschuk and future considerations for Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera.
Beech appeared in 79 games for the Penguins recording 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points. Disappointed with his development, the Penguins traded Beech on September 9, 2005 to the Nashville Predators for a conditional draft pick. Beech returned to the Capitals organization on March 9, 2006, having been traded, along with a first-round pick, for defenseman Brendan Witt. He was sent down to the Hershey Bears to join their AHL playoff campaign and helped them to Calder Cup victory against the Milwaukee Admirals.
On January 10, 2008, Beech was claimed off waivers from Columbus by the Vancouver Canucks. However, on January 23, 2008, after just four games with the Canucks in which he recorded one goal and one assist, Beech was subsequently placed on waivers and claimed by the Washington Capitals. Before playing a single game with Washington, Beech was once again placed on waivers, which led to him being re-acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Beech's fourth team in the month of January.
On April 28, 2009, Beech re-signed to a two-year contract extension with HV71. Prior to the 2009–10 season on September 4, 2009, Beech signed a six-week loan contract with HC Genève-Servette. In his eight games with Genève-Servette, he scored two goals. On October 14, 2009, Beech was returned to HV71.
On May 25, 2011, Rauman Lukko announced that Beech has signed a one-year contract with the team. Upon completion of the season with Lukko, Beech was again on the move within Europe signing a one-year contract with Czech team, HC Pardubice on June 25, 2012. During the 2012–13 season, on December 4, 2012, Beech transferred to join AIK of the Elitserien for the remainder of the season.
In the 2013–14 season, Beech moved to Germany to play in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga with the Straubing Tigers. He scored 24 points in 36 games, before opting to transfer to Neighbouring league the EBEL with Austrian club, the Vienna Capitals for their playoff run. On July 3, 2014, Beech decided to remain in the EBEL signing a one-year contract with HC TWK Innsbruck.
During the offseason, Beech is a guest instructor at the Sicamous Hockey School, located in Sicamous, British Columbia.
|2007–08||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||16||5||4||9||2||—||—||—||—||—|
- 1998-99: Played in CHL Top Prospects Game
- 1998-99: Ed Chynoweth Cup winner, Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
- 2003-04: Team MVP, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
- 2004-05: Team MVP, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
- 2005-06: Calder Cup winner, Hershey Bears (AHL)
- 2008-09: Playoff silver medal, HV71 (SEL)
- 2009-10: Swedish Champion, HV71 (SEL)
- ESPN.com: Kris Beech Player Profile
- TheHockeyNews.com: Kris Beech Player Profile
- "Canucks claim Beech off waivers". TSN. 10 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
- "Beech claimed off waivers by Capitals". TSN. 23 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-01-27. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
- "Penguins acquire Beech on waivers". TSN. 26 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- Wengel, Daniel (2008-10-10). "Kris Beech klar för HV71". HV71.se (in Swedish). HV71. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- "Kris Beech stannar i HV71". svt.se (in Swedish). SVT. 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
- "Genève-Servette engage le Canadien Kris Beech" (in Swiss). 20min.ch. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
- "HVTV - Beech" (in Swedish). Eliteprospects.com. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
- Robert Pettersson (May 25, 2011). "Beech fortsätter karriären i Finland" (in Finnish). hockeysverige.se. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
- HC TWK Innsbruck (2014-07-03). "Innsbruck secure Beech's services". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
- "Sicamous Hockey School: Instructors". Sicamoushockeyschool.com. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2010-04-05.
- Kris Beech's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Kris Beech's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Kris Beech profile at Eurohockey.com
- Kris Beech's player profile at NHL.com
- Kris Beech's biography at Legends of Hockey
|Awards and achievements|
|Washington Capitals first round draft pick
|Captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins