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KRIS BEECH ACCEPTS QUALIFYING OFFER

Wednesday, 08.10.2005 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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KRIS BEECH ACCEPTS QUALIFYING OFFER

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Penguins center Kris Beech has accepted his qualifying offer, it was announced today by Penguins General Manager Craig Patrick.  In accordance with club policy, terms of the contract were not released.

Beech, 24, has appeared in 99 National Hockey League games in his career for Pittsburgh and the Washington Capitals, recording 27 points (10+17) and 59 penalty minutes.  He has played in 171 career games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the last three seasons, recording 150 points (53+97) and 319 penalty minutes. 

The 6-2, 208 pound center played in 68 games during the 2004-05 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 62 points (14+48) and 146 penalty minutes.  The 62 points were a new career high for Beech and they ranked second on the team in scoring during the regular season.  He set a new club record for assists with 48.  Beech was a plus or even in 49 of 68 games with the Baby Penguins during the regular season and recorded a point in 39 of 68 games, including 16 multiple-point games.  He was named the AHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 19, during which he recorded seven points (2+5) in three games.  He led the team in scoring in the playoffs, recording 10 points (4+6) in 11 games, tallying a point in 8 of the 11 games.

Beech, a native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, was drafted by Washington in the first round (7th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.  He was acquired by the Penguins via a trade with the Capitals on July 11, 2001. 

KRIS BEECH’S CAREER NUMBERS

SEASON

TEAM

LEAGUE

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1996-97

Sicamous Eagles

KIJHL

49

34

36

70

80

 

Calgary Hitmen

WHL

8

1

1

2

0

1997-98

Calgary Hitmen

WHL

58

10

25

35

24

1998-99

Calgary Hitmen

WHL

68

26

41

67

103

1999-00

Calgary Hitmen

WHL

66

32

54

86

99

2000-01

WASHINGTON

NHL

4

0

0

0

2

 

Calgary Hitmen

WHL

40

22

44

66

103

2001-02

PITTSBURGH

NHL

79

10

15

25

45

2002-03

PITTSBURGH

NHL

12

0

1

1

6

 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

AHL

50

19

24

43

76

2003-04

PITTSBURGH

NHL

4

0

1

1

6

 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

AHL

53

20

25

45

97

2004-05

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

AHL

68

14

48

62

146

NHL TOTALS

99

10

17

27

59



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