Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kris Beech
Originally a first round draft pick of the Washington Capitals in 1999, Kris Beech was born February 5, 1981 in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. He played four seasons of junior with the Calgary Hitmen, including 1998-99 when Calgary won the Western Hockey League championship and went to the Memorial Cup final against the Ottawa 67s.

Beech made his NHL debut with Washington in 2000-01, and played 4 games as a Capital before he was returned to the Hitmen. On July 11, 2001, Beech was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins with Ross Lupaschuk and Michal Sivek, with Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera going to Washington. As a rookie in 2001-02, Beech scored 10 goals and added 15 assists for 25 points, good for ninth on the Penguins' roster.

Over the course of the next three seasons Beech honed his skill in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins while seeing limited action with the parent club.

In the summer of 2005, Beech was acquired by the Nashville Predators before returning to the Capitals organization in the latter stages of the 2005-06 season. He would spend a season and half with the Capitals before he was signed as a free agent by the Columbus Blue Jackets.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Sicamous Eagles KIJHL 49 34 36 70 80
1996-97 Calgary Hitmen WHL 8 1 1 2 0
1997-98 Calgary Hitmen WHL 58 10 25 35 24 12 4 5 9 32
1998-99 Calgary Hitmen WHL 68 26 41 67 103 6 1 4 5 8
1998-99 Calgary Hitmen M-Cup 4 0 6 6 2
1999-00 Calgary Hitmen WHL 66 32 54 86 99 +25 5 3 5 8 16
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 4 0 0 0 2 -2
2000-01 Calgary Hitmen WHL 40 22 44 66 103 +25 10 2 8 10 26
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 10 15 25 45 -25
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 12 0 1 1 6 -3
2002-03 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens AHL 50 19 24 43 76 -4 5 1 1 2 0
2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 4 0 1 1 6 0
2003-04 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 53 20 25 45 97 +15 22 9 6 15 22
2004-05 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 68 14 48 62 146 +17 11 4 6 10 14
2005-06 Nashville Predators NHL 5 1 2 3 0 +1
2005-06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 48 18 32 50 48 +4
2005-06 Washington Capitals NHL 5 0 0 0 4 0
2005-06 Hershey Bears AHL 10 8 6 14 6 +1 21 14 14 28 30
2006-07 Washington Capitals NHL 64 8 18 26 46 -11
2007-08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 16 5 4 9 2 +3
2007-08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 16 5 10 15 22 -5
2007-08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 4 1 1 2 0 +1
2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 0 0 2 -1
2008-09 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 45 17 17 34 116 18 3 3 6 22
2009-10 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss 8 2 0 2 12
2009-10 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 44 4 8 12 56 16 5 2 7 10
2010-11 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 48 14 17 31 50 4 0 0 0 6
2011-12 Lukko Rauma Finland 59 15 20 35 79 3 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 198 25 42 67 113


Traded to Pittsburgh by Washington with Michal Sivek, Ross Lupaschuk and future considerations for Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera, July 11, 2001. Traded to Nashville by Pittsburgh for Nashville's 4th round choice (later traded to Florida - Florida selected Derrick Lapoint) in 2006 Entry Draft, September 9, 2005. Traded to Washington by Nashville with Nashville's 1st round choice (Semyon Varlamov) in 2006 Entry Draft for Brendan Witt, March 9, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, August 7, 2007. Claimed on waivers by Vancouver from Columbus, January 10, 2008. Claimed on waivers by Washington from Vancouver, January 23, 2008. Claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh from Washington, January 26, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Jonkoping (Sweden), October 13, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Geneve (Swiss), September 9, 2009.