Capitals Sign Former Royals Left Wing Steckel

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed former Reading Royals left wing David Steckel.

The South Carolina Stingrays are the ECHL affiliate of the Capitals of the NHL and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

Selected in the first round (30th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the 25 year old scored nine points (3g-6a) in nine games for Reading as a rookie in 2004-05 before being called up to Manchester of the American Hockey League where he had 17 points (10g-7a) in 63 regular season games and two points (1g-1a) in six playoff games.

He had 61 points (30g-31a) and a plus-minus rating of +28 in 71 regular season games and 15 points (6g-9a) in 19 games in the Calder Cup Playoffs for Hershey in 2006-07 while also playing in the NHL where he had two penalty minutes in five games for the Capitals.

The 6-foot-5 and 220-pound forward helped Hershey win the Calder Cup in 2006 with 15 points (10g-5a) in 21 postseason games after having 34 points (14g-20a) in 74 regular season games. He made his NHL debut with Washington on Dec. 31, 2005 in a 4-3 shootout win against Philadelphia and played in six more games for the Capitals in 2005-06.