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David Steckel (born March 15, 1982 in West Bend, Wisconsinmarker) is an American professional ice hockey center currently playing for the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League.

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 The Ohio State Universitymarker. 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.

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.

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 have served the Capitals well, and it was expected that he will have an expanded role in the 2008–09 season.

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.

Awards

2000–01 CCHA All-Rookie Team

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 USNTDP NAHL 51 3 14 17 18
1998–99 U.S. Jr National Team USHL 2 0 0 0 2
1999–00 U.S. Jr National Team USHL 52 13 13 26 94
2000–01 Ohio State Universitymarker 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
NHL totals 155 13 18 31 70 21 4 3 7 8


Personal

Dave married his college girlfriend, Diondra "Didi" Reynolds, in 2007. Didi played basketball from 1999-2003 for The Ohio State University.

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