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David Steckel

Dave Steckel
Born (1982-03-15) March 15, 1982 (age 32)
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Washington Capitals
New Jersey Devils
Toronto Maple Leafs
Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft 30th overall, 2001
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2004–present

David Steckel (born March 15, 1982) is an American professional ice hockey center currently on a professional tryout for the Minnesota Wild[1] in the National Hockey League. He has also played for the Anaheim Ducks, the Washington Capitals, the New Jersey Devils, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Playing career

Steckel was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Steckel played one full season with the US Junior National Team in the United States Hockey League before entering Ohio State University. He played four seasons with the Buckeyes hockey team, and then joined the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs for the 2004–05 season.

Steckel, a free agent, then signed with the Washington Capitals August 25, 2005, on the recommendation of Bruce Boudreau.[2] He made his NHL debut with the Washington Capitals in the 2005–06 season, appearing in seven games. After appearing in five more games with the Capitals in 2006–07, he made the team's opening night roster in 2007–08.[3]

Steckel proved himself to be a valuable commodity to the Capitals. He often centered the third line and was called on as a key member of the penalty kill. Steckel also proved himself very effective at face-offs, and typically was placed on the ice to take face-offs during critical moments of games. Near the end of the season, Steckel broke his finger blocking a shot and had to have pins put in. However, he missed very few games and was back on the ice during the playoffs.

Steckel's size and grit served the Capitals well, and it was expected that he would have an expanded role in the 2008–09 season.[4] In the 2008–09 season Steckel was once again one of the Capitals top face-off men and one of their top penalty killers. He was 2nd on the team in shorthanded time-on-ice per game (first among forwards) with 3:48. On face-offs, he finished the season 5th in the NHL, winning 57.9% of his draws. He scored 8 goals and had 11 assists during the regular season. In the 2nd round of the 2009 playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins he scored his first-ever playoff game-winning goal in overtime of Game 6 to force a Game 7.

During the 2011 NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2011, Steckel landed a Blindside shoulder check to the head of Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.[5][6] Crosby experienced mild concussion symptoms and neck pain but remained in the game. A subsequent hit from Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman left Crosby with severe concussion symptoms and he did not return for the rest of the regular season, the 2010–11 Stanley Cup Playoffs, or the first twenty games of the 2011–12 NHL season. Hedman later said that he believed it was Steckel's hit which had caused Crosby's severe concussion,[7] and many observers concurred that it was the hit from Steckel which indeed caused Crosby's head injury.[8][9][10]

On February 28, 2011, Steckel along with Washington's 2012 2nd round pick was traded from the Capitals to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Jason Arnott.[11]

On October 4, 2011, Steckel was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a fourth round pick in 2012.[12] In his only full season with the Maple Leafs, he contributed to the Leafs fourth line to match his career-high 8 goals for 13 points in 76 games.

During the 2012–13 season, Steckel was demoted to a reserve role. He sparingly appeared in 13 games before being traded on March 15, 2013, to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Ryan Lasch and a seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft.[13] The trade reunited Steckel with former coach Bruce Boudreau.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 U.S. National Development Team USDP 53 3 14 17 20
1999–00 U.S. National Development Team USDP 58 15 18 33 108
2000–01 Ohio State University CCHA 33 17 18 35 80
2001–02 Ohio State University CCHA 36 6 16 22 75
2002–03 Ohio State University CCHA 36 10 8 18 50
2003–04 Ohio State University CCHA 41 17 13 30 44
2004–05 Reading Royals ECHL 9 3 6 9 2
2004–05 Manchester Monarchs AHL 63 10 7 17 26 6 1 1 2 4
2005–06 Hershey Bears AHL 74 14 20 34 58 21 10 5 15 20
2005–06 Washington Capitals NHL 7 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Hershey Bears AHL 71 30 31 61 46 19 6 9 15 16
2006–07 Washington Capitals NHL 5 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Washington Capitals NHL 67 5 7 12 34 7 1 1 2 4
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 76 8 11 19 34 14 3 2 5 4
2009–10 Washington Capitals NHL 79 5 11 16 19 3 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Washington Capitals NHL 57 5 6 11 24
2010–11 New Jersey Devils NHL 18 1 0 1 2
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 8 5 13 10
2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 13 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 21 1 5 6 4 7 1 1 2 0
NHL totals 419 33 46 79 129 31 5 4 9 8

Awards and honours

Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2000-01


External links

  • The Internet Hockey Database
Preceded by
Jens Karlsson
Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Denis Grebeshkov
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