Capitals Sign Tyler Sloan and David Steckel to Contract Extensions
Sloan, 28, is in his 10th professional season and second NHL campaign in 2009-10. A 6’4”, 204-pound native of Calgary, Alberta, Sloan has averaged 12:43 of ice time in 22 games. He has played both as a forward and a defenseman for the Capitals this season and registered four points (two goals, two assists).
Sloan was signed by the Capitals as a free agent on July 2, 2008, and made his NHL debut on Oct. 21, 2008, in his hometown of Calgary. He scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 25, 2008 in a 6-5 overtime victory at Dallas.
Steckel, 27, is in his sixth professional season and third full NHL campaign this year. A 6’5”, 217-pound native of West Bend, Wisc., Steckel leads the NHL with a 61.9% faceoff percentage. He also all Caps players in time on ice on the penalty kill (124:14) and is ninth among NHL forwards in that category. He has registered five points (two goals, three assists) on the season.
Steckel has been among the top seven centers in the NHL in faceoffs in each of his three seasons. Last year he posted career highs in points (19), goals (8), assists (11), shots (103) and games played (76). He added three goals and five points in 14 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the overtime goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Pittsburgh.
The former Ohio State Buckeye and 2001 first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings has played 196 career NHL games, all with the Capitals. Steckel joined the Washington organization in 2005 and was a key contributor in the Hershey Bears’ back-to-back Eastern Conference championships in the American Hockey League and the 2006 Calder Cup title. Steckel was a 30-goal scorer for the Bears in 2006-07, playing for current Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau.