Kyle Beach

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Kyle Beach
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Born (1990-01-13) January 13, 1990 (age 27)
North Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Right
EBEL team
Former teams
EC VSV
Rockford IceHogs
HV71
Hartford Wolf Pack
EC Red Bull Salzburg
Graz 99ers
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2008
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2009–present

Kyle Beach (born January 13, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently under contract with EC VSV in the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL). Beach played junior hockey for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. Beach was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round (11th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Beach has spent most of his professional hockey career with the Rockford Ice Hogs of the AHL. At the start of the 2013–14 season, Beach briefly played for HV71 of the Swedish Elite League. He joined the Wolfpack after the New York Rangers acquired his rights in a trade with the Blackhawks.

Playing career[edit]

Beach is a power forward that plays a tough, physical game accompanied by offensive skill. After his first season in the Western Hockey League (WHL), he was named the league's Rookie of the Year.[1] His aggressive play led to multiple concussions and a sports hernia while playing for the Everett Silvertips.[2] After being named the 2006–07 WHL Rookie of the Year, Beach was projected to be a top 5 pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. However, his on-ice reputation and discipline issues made teams hesitant to draft him.[3] Later in his WHL career, Beach bounced around, spending time with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Spokane Chiefs.[4]

Beach made his professional debut with the Rockford Ice Hogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) at the end of the 2008–09 season.[5] Until the start of the 2013–14 season, Beach had spent his entire professional career with the Ice Hogs. When HV71, of the Swedish Elite League ran into injury trouble, Beach joined the club for three weeks, appearing in 7 games.[4] On December 6, 2013, Beach was traded to the New York Rangers for Brandon Mashinter.[6] He was assigned to the Rangers AHL affiliate the Hartford Wolf Pack following the trade.[4]

In August 2014, Beach signed a tryout contract with EC Salzburg through to the end of September.[7][8]

After 9 games with Salzburg in his second season with the club, Beach opted to terminate his contract and return to North America in signing a contract on November 25, 2015 with the Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL.[9] After seven scoreless games with the club, Beach opted to rejoin the Austrian Hockey League with Graz 99ers on December 18, 2015.

In the 2016–17 season, Beach enjoyed his most productive season as a professional, compiling 30 goals and 45 points in 54 games with the 99ers. However, after a short playoff-run his contract with the 99ers was not renewed resulting in his release as a free agent.[10]

On March 17, 2017, as a free agent Beach continued his tenure in the EBEL, agreeing to a two-year contract with EC VSV.[11]

Personal[edit]

His younger brother, Cody Beach, was born August 8, 1992. Cody was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 5th round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, and played as a prospect of the Blues in the American Hockey League with the Chicago Wolves.[12] His cousin is Rich Harden, the Major League Baseball pitcher.[1] As a child, his favorite player was Jarome Iginla.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Everett Silvertips WHL 4 2 1 3 4 9 1 3 4 31
2006–07 Everett Silvertips WHL 65 29 32 61 196 11 5 6 11 19
2007–08 Everett Silvertips WHL 60 27 33 60 222 4 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Everett Silvertips WHL 30 9 21 30 106
2008–09 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 24 15 18 33 59 10 1 1 2 31
2008–09 Rockford IceHogs AHL 2 0 0 0 15 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Spokane Chiefs WHL 68 52 34 86 186 7 7 2 9 19
2009–10 Rockford IceHogs AHL 4 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 3 6
2010–11 Rockford IceHogs AHL 71 16 20 36 163
2011–12 Rockford IceHogs AHL 19 5 5 10 30
2012–13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 66 16 10 26 204
2013–14 HV71 SHL 7 2 1 3 35
2013–14 Rockford IceHogs AHL 7 4 0 4 10
2013–14 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 39 2 5 7 58
2014–15 EC Red Bull Salzburg EBEL 53 12 13 25 109 13 10 3 13 31
2015–16 EC Red Bull Salzburg EBEL 9 1 0 1 31
2015–16 Missouri Mavericks ECHL 7 0 0 0 14
2015–16 Graz 99ers EBEL 21 10 4 14 56
2016–17 Graz 99ers EBEL 54 30 15 45 123 4 0 1 1 8
AHL totals 208 43 40 83 480 5 3 0 3 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Beach, Kyle". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  2. ^ "Hawks gamble with top pick Kyle Beach". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Getting ready for the Beach". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  4. ^ a b c "Kyle Beach hockey statistics". HockeyDB.com. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  5. ^ "Kyle Beach, Rangers". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  6. ^ "Rangers acquire Beach in trade with Blackhawks". The Sports Network. December 6, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  7. ^ "Kyle Beach". Elite Prospects. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "The news of the EBEL clubs at a glance". Laola1.at. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "MAVS SIGN FIRST ROUND NHL DRAFT PICK: KYLE BEACH". www.missourimavericks.com. Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  10. ^ "Squad decision for 2017-18" (in German). Graz 99ers. 2017-03-15. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  11. ^ "Kyle Beach comes to Villach" (in German). EC VSV. 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2017-03-17. 
  12. ^ "Cody Beach player profile". Eliteprospects.com. May 4, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Patrick Kane
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
Dylan Olsen