Kristopher Beech (born February 5, 1981) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League (NHL). Beech was born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, but grew up in Sicamous, British Columbia.
February 5, 1981|
Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
HC TWK Innsbruck
7th overall, 1999|
Beech was drafted 7th overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals. At the time he was playing for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Beech was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in July 2001 with Michal Sivek, Ross Lupaschuk, and future considerations for Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera.
Beech appeared in 79 games for the Penguins, recording 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points. Disappointed with his development, the Penguins traded Beech on September 9, 2005 to the Nashville Predators for a conditional draft pick. Beech returned to the Capitals organization on March 9, 2006, having been traded, along with a first-round pick, for defenseman Brendan Witt. He was sent down to the Hershey Bears to join their AHL playoff campaign and helped them to a Calder Cup victory against the Milwaukee Admirals.
On January 10, 2008, Beech was claimed off waivers from Columbus by the Vancouver Canucks. However, on January 23, 2008, after just four games with the Canucks in which he recorded one goal and one assist, Beech was subsequently placed on waivers and claimed by the Washington Capitals. Before playing a single game with Washington, Beech was once again placed on waivers, which led to him being re-acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Beech's fourth team in the month of January.
On April 28, 2009, Beech was re-signed to a two-year contract extension with HV71. Prior to the 2009–10 season on September 4, 2009, Beech signed a six-week loan contract with HC Genève-Servette. In his eight games with Genève-Servette, he scored two goals. On October 14, 2009, Beech was returned to HV71.
On May 25, 2011, the Finnish club Lukko Rauma announced that Beech signed a one-year contract with the team. Upon completion of the season with Lukko, Beech was again on the move within Europe signing a one-year contract with Czech team HC Pardubice on June 25, 2012. During the 2012–13 season, on December 4, 2012, Beech transferred to join AIK of the Elitserien for the remainder of the season.
In the 2013–14 season, Beech moved to Germany to play in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga with the Straubing Tigers. He scored 24 points in 36 games, before opting to transfer to the Austrian EBEL league with the Vienna Capitals for their playoff run. On July 3, 2014, Beech decided to remain in the EBEL, signing a one-year contract with HC TWK Innsbruck.
On July 2, 2015, Beech signed a one-year contract with Northern Irish club, the Belfast Giants of the British Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).
During the offseason, Beech is a guest instructor at the Sicamous Hockey School, located in Sicamous, British Columbia.
|2007–08||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||16||5||4||9||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||HC TWK Innsbruck||EBEL||51||9||17||26||83||—||—||—||—||—|
- 1998-99: Played in CHL Top Prospects Game
- 1998-99: Ed Chynoweth Cup winner, Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
- 2003-04: Team MVP, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
- 2004-05: Team MVP, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
- 2005-06: Calder Cup winner, Hershey Bears (AHL)
- 2008-09: Playoff silver medal, HV71 (SEL)
- 2009-10: Swedish Champion, HV71 (SEL)
- ESPN.com: Kris Beech Player Profile
- TheHockeyNews.com: Kris Beech Player Profile
- "Canucks claim Beech off waivers". TSN. 10 January 2008. Archived from the original on 16 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
- "Beech claimed off waivers by Capitals". TSN. 23 January 2008. Archived from the original on 27 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
- "Penguins acquire Beech on waivers". TSN. 26 January 2008. Archived from the original on 30 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- Wengel, Daniel (2008-10-10). "Kris Beech klar för HV71". HV71.se (in Swedish). HV71. Archived from the original on 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- "Kris Beech stannar i HV71". svt.se (in Swedish). SVT. 2008-04-28. Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
- "Genève-Servette engage le Canadien Kris Beech" (in Swiss). 20min.ch. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-10-10.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
- "HVTV - Beech" (in Swedish). Eliteprospects.com. 2009-10-14. Archived from the original on 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
- Robert Pettersson (May 25, 2011). "Beech fortsätter karriären i Finland" (in Finnish). hockeysverige.se. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
- HC TWK Innsbruck (2014-07-03). "Innsbruck secure Beech's services". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
- "Former NHL'er Kris Beech joins the Giants". Belfast Giants. 2015-07-02. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
- "Sicamous Hockey School: Instructors". Sicamoushockeyschool.com. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2010-04-05.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Washington Capitals first round draft pick
| Captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins