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Old 07-15-2006, 04:01 PM
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Capitals Re-Sign Eminger, Gordon and Beech

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Steve Eminger, center Kris Beech and right wing Boyd Gordon to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Eminger, 22, has spent the first three years of his NHL career as a Capital, recording five goals and 19 assists for 24 points and 150 penalty minutes in 124 games. He enjoyed the best season of his career last year, finishing third among Capitals defensemen with five goals and 13 assists for 18 points in 66 games. Eminger was second on the team with 120 blocked shots and third on the team with 21:16 average ice time. He was also runner-up for the NHL’s Defensive Player of the Week award, Oct. 17, 2005.

Eminger played two seasons (2003-04 and 2004-05) with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL), appearing in 103 games and posting three goals and 21 assists for 24 points and 80 penalty minutes.

He enjoyed a standout four-year career in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), appearing in 191 games for the Kitchener Rangers (1999-00 through 2002-03). He was named to the OHL Second All-Star Team in 2001-02 and 2002-03 and was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team in 2002-03. He led Kitchener to the Memorial Cup championship in 2003. Eminger also represented Canada at the 2003 World Junior Championships, recording two assists in six games while helping Team Canada to a silver medal.

A 6’2”, 217-pound native of Toronto, Eminger was the Capitals’ first-round choice, 12th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft.

Gordon, 22, has played 66 games for the Capitals during parts of the past two NHL seasons, his first years as a professional, scoring one goal and adding six assists. Gordon averaged 5:06 of penalty killing time per game with the Capitals, second-best in the NHL. In 2005-06 he had five stints with Washington, totaling 25 games.

Appearing in all 21 playoff games for the 2006 Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears (AHL) last season, Gordon posted two goals and six assists for eight points. He tallied 16 goals and 22 assist for 38 points in 58 regular-season games with the Bears. Included in his 16 goals were seven power-play goals, two shorthanded goals and two game-winning goals. He was third on the team with a plus-9 in the regular season.

Gordon also represented Canada in the 2003 World Junior Championship, earning a silver medal with fellow Capital Steve Eminger.

A 6’1”, 201-pound native of Unity, Saskatchewan, Gordon was the Capitals’ first-round choice, 17th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft.

The Capitals first-round draft selection in 1999, Beech, 25, was reacquired by the Capitals at this year’s trade deadline and was a member of the 2006 Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL). He ranked second on the team in playoff points with 28 (14 goals, 14 assists) in 21 games.

Beech appeared in 10 regular-season games for Hershey, posting 14 points (eight goals, six assists). Prior to joining the Capitals, Beech was playing for the Nashville Predators’ AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. In 48 games with the Admirals, Beech ranked third on the team in goals (18) and points (50). In 58 regular-season AHL games this year, Beech scored 64 points (26 goals, 38 assists), tops among Hershey players. He also appeared in five games for the Capitals last season and has played 104 career NHL games with the Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Predators, recording 11 goals and 19 assists (30 points).

Beech was originally drafted by the Capitals in the first round of the 1999 Entry Draft (seventh overall). The 6’2”, 208-pound native of Salmon Arm, B.C., played four games with the Capitals in 2000-01 before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 11, 2001, with Ross Lupaschuk, Michal Sivek and future considerations in exchange for Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera.

Beech was traded from Pittsburgh to Nashville on Sept. 9, 2005, and appeared in five games for the Predators this season, recording one goal and two assists.
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