Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- David Steckel
Dave Steckel was born March 15, 1982 in Westbend, Wisconsin. The first round, 30th overall selection of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Steckel is a graduate of the U.S. Under-18 Development Program.

After two seasons with the U.S. Under-18 team, Steckel went on to spend the next four seasons at Ohio State University. During his stint with the Buckeyes, the Westbend, Wisconsin native registered 105 points (50-55-105) while earning CCHA All-Rookie Team honours in 2000-01.

In his first season as a professional the hulking forward spent the majority of the 2004-05 season with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs while seeing limited action with the ECHL's Reading Royals.

Despite tallying ten goals and 17 points in his rookie season, Steckel days with the Kings had come to an end. The former OSU forward was acquired by the Washington Capitals in the summer of 2005 and went on to spend the better part of the season with Hershey of the AHL while getting his first taste of the NHL at the midway point of the season.

A Calder Cup winner with Hershey in 2006, Steckel tallied 15 points (10-5-15) in the Bears run to the title.

In Washington, Steckel established himself as a solid two-way NHL centreman. The hulking forward was often called upon to kill penalties and take important faceoffs for the Capitals.

In 2009 he ranked fifth in the NHL for faceoff success, winning nearly 60% of his draws.

On February 28, 2011, the NHL trade deadline, Steckel's time in Washington would come to an end. He was traded to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for veteran Jason Arnott.

On October 4, 2011, Steckel was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs for a fourth round pick in 2012. In his only full year with the Leafs, he produced 8 goals in 76 games.

Steckel saw limited action for the Leafs during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. He appeared in only 13 games for the club and on March 15, 2013, was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Ryan Lasch and a seventh round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1997-98 Milwaukee Petit Selects Exhib.
1998-99 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program USHL 2 0 0 0 2
1998-99 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program NAHL 51 3 14 17 18
1999-00 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program U-18 6 2 5 7 14
1999-00 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program USHL 52 13 13 26 94
1999-00 United States WJ18-A 6 2 5 7 14 +4
2000-01 Ohio State University CCHA 33 17 18 35 80
2000-01 United States WJC-A 7 0 1 1 6 +1
2001-02 Ohio State University CCHA 36 6 16 22 75
2001-02 United States WJC-A 7 0 1 1 4
2002-03 Ohio State University CCHA 36 10 8 18 50
2003-04 Ohio State University CCHA 41 17 13 30 44
2004-05 Manchester Monarchs AHL 63 10 7 17 26 6 1 1 2 4
2005-06 Washington Capitals NHL 7 0 0 0 0 +1
2005-06 Hershey Bears AHL 74 14 20 34 58 +1 21 10 5 15 20
2006-07 Washington Capitals NHL 5 0 0 0 2 -2
2006-07 Hershey Bears AHL 71 30 31 61 46 +28 19 6 9 15 16
2007-08 Washington Capitals NHL 67 5 7 12 34 +1 7 1 1 2 4
2008-09 Washington Capitals NHL 76 8 11 19 34 +2 14 3 2 5 4
2009-10 Washington Capitals NHL 79 5 11 16 19 +4 3 0 0 0 0
2010-11 Washington Capitals NHL 57 5 6 11 24 -3
2010-11 New Jersey Devils NHL 18 1 0 1 2 -3
2011-12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 8 5 13 10 -14
2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 13 0 1 1 0 -2
2012-13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 21 1 5 6 4 +2 7 1 1 2 0
2013-14 Iowa Wild AHL 4 1 1 2 2 +2
2013-14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 61 9 16 25 85 +2 10 1 3 4 4
2013-14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 6 0 0 0 0 0
2014-15 Norfolk Admirals AHL 76 7 16 23 53 -11
2015-16 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nurnberg Germany 52 19 11 30 82 12 3 2 5 24
2016-17 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nurnberg Germany 51 14 20 34 38 13 1 7 8 18
NHL Totals 425 33 46 79 129 31 5 4 9 8


CCHA All-Rookie Team (2001) Signed as a free agent by Washington, August 25, 2005. Traded to New Jersey by Washington with Washington's 2nd round pick (later traded to Minnesota - Minnesota selected Raphael Bussieres) in 2012 NHL Draft for Jason Arnott, February 28, 2011. Traded to Toronto by New Jersey for Toronto's 4th round pick (Ben Thomson) in 2012 NHL Draft, October 4, 2011. Traded to Anaheim by Toronto for Ryan Lasch and Anaheim's 7th round pick (later traded back to Anaheim - Anaheim selected Ondrej Kase) in 2014 NHL Draft, March 15, 2013. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Iowa (AHL), October 4, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Norfolk (AHL), October 29, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, November 11, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Nurnberg (Germany), July 28, 2015.
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