Kris Beech

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Kris Beech
Kris Beech - Straubing Tigers.JPG
Born (1981-02-05) February 5, 1981 (age 33)
Salmon Arm, BC, CAN[1][2]
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
EBEL team
Former teams
HC TWK Innsbruck
Washington Capitals
Pittsburgh Penguins
Nashville Predators
Columbus Blue Jackets
Vancouver Canucks
HV71
Genève-Servette HC
Lukko
HC Pardubice
AIK IF
Straubing Tigers
Vienna Capitals
NHL Draft 7th overall, 1999
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1996–present

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.

Playing career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

October 10, 2008, Beech signed one-year contract with the Swedish Elitserien team HV71. He joined his new team three days later.[6]

On April 28, 2009, Beech re-signed to a two-year contract extension with HV71.[7] Prior to the 2009–10 season on September 4, 2009, Beech signed a six-week loan contract with HC Genève-Servette.[8] In his eight games with Genève-Servette, he scored two goals. On October 14, 2009, Beech was returned to HV71.[9]

On May 25, 2011, Rauman Lukko announced that Beech has signed a one-year contract with the team.[10] Apon 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.[11]

Personal[edit]

During the offseason, Beech is a guest instructor at the Sicamous Hockey School, located in Sicamous, British Columbia.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Calgary Hitmen WHL 8 1 1 2 0
1997–98 Calgary Hitmen WHL 58 10 15 25 24 12 4 5 9 14
1998–99 Calgary Hitmen WHL 68 26 41 67 103 6 1 4 5 8
1999–00 Calgary Hitmen WHL 66 32 54 86 99 5 3 5 8 16
2000–01 Calgary Hitmen WHL 40 22 44 66 103 10 2 8 10 26
2000–01 Washington Capitals NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 10 15 25 45
2002–03 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 50 19 24 43 76 5 1 1 2 0
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 12 0 1 1 6
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 53 20 25 45 97 22 9 6 15 4
2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 4 0 1 1 6
2004–05 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 68 14 48 62 146 11 4 6 10 14
2005–06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 22 10 13 23 30
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 5 1 2 3 0
2005–06 Washington Capitals NHL 5 0 0 0 4
2005–06 Hershey Bears AHL 10 8 6 14 6 21 14 14 28 30
2006–07 Washington Capitals NHL 64 8 18 26 46
2007–08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 16 5 10 15 22
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 16 5 4 9 2
2007–08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 4 1 1 2 0
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 0 0 2
2008–09 HV71 SEL 45 17 17 34 116 18 3 3 6 22
2009–10 Genève-Servette HC NLA 8 2 0 2 12
2009–10 HV71 SEL 44 4 8 12 56 16 5 2 7 10
2010–11 HV71 SEL 48 14 17 31 50 4 0 0 0 6
2011–12 Lukko SM-l 59 15 20 35 79 3 0 0 0 4
2012–13 HC Pardubice CZE 21 2 6 8 16
2012–13 AIK SEL 23 3 2 5 16
2013–14 Straubing Tigers DEL 36 8 16 24 2
2013–14 Vienna Capitals EBEL 2 1 3 4 4 5 2 0 2 14
NHL totals 198 25 42 67 113
SEL totals 160 38 44 82 238 38 8 5 13 38

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ESPN.com: Kris Beech Player Profile
  2. ^ TheHockeyNews.com: Kris Beech Player Profile
  3. ^ "Canucks claim Beech off waivers". TSN. 10 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Beech claimed off waivers by Capitals". TSN. 23 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-01-27. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  5. ^ "Penguins acquire Beech on waivers". TSN. 26 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  6. ^ Wengel, Daniel (2008-10-10). "Kris Beech klar för HV71". HV71.se (in Swedish). HV71. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  7. ^ "Kris Beech stannar i HV71". svt.se (in Swedish). SVT. 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  8. ^ "Genève-Servette engage le Canadien Kris Beech" (in Swiss). 20min.ch. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  9. ^ "HVTV - Beech" (in Swedish). Eliteprospects.com. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  10. ^ Robert Pettersson (May 25, 2011). "Beech fortsätter karriären i Finland" (in Finnish). hockeysverige.se. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ HC TWK Innsbruck (2014-07-03). "Innsbruck secure Beech's services". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  12. ^ "Sicamous Hockey School: Instructors". Sicamoushockeyschool.com. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nick Boynton
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
1999
Succeeded by
Brian Sutherby
Preceded by
Tom Kostopoulos
Captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
2003-04
(shared with)
Patrick Boileau
Tom Kostopoulos
Succeeded by
Alain Nasreddine