Jay Beagle proved himself as a hard-nosed, shot-blocking center willing to sacrifice himself when it mattered most and on Thursday he was rewarded with a three-year contract extension.
Beagles signing leaves the Capitals with just two remaining unsigned restricted free agents, defensemen Mike Green and John Carlson.
Beagle, 26, set career highs in goals four, points five, games played 41 and penalty minutes 23 last season.
He finished the season ranked second on the Capitals in faceoff percentage (57.7) and recorded 66 hits and 23 blocked shots during the regular season.
In the post-season, Beagle tallied his first career playoff goal and assist and finished sixth among forwards in average ice time 18:25 before his playoffs were ended in Game 5 of the conference semifinals with a broken foot.
In the playoffs Beagle tied for sixth on the team in hits 25 and ranked second among Capitals forwards in shorthanded ice time per game 2:42.
The Calgary, Alberta, native has collected 10 points seven goals, three assists in 82 career NHL games, all with Washington.
Beagle won back-to-back Calder Cup championships with Hershey in 2009 and 2010 and tallied 95 points 47 goals, 48 assists in 209 career AHL games. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound forward was originally signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent on March 26, 2008.
He won a Kelly Cup championship with the Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League ECHL in 2007 after spending two years at the University of Alaska-Anchorage 2005-07.
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Just as the party seems to be ending, the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals are finding new ways to celebrate.
Sunday at Nationals Park, the Caps were honored with the "team of distinction" award in the D.C. sports hall of fame, the first-ever award of its kind.
“I think it just shows how this team connected with the fans and as many people have noted, this is one of the most divided cities in the world," Caps majority owner and president of Monumental Sports, Ted Leonsis said to Rob Carlin on the Capitals Talk podcast. "People can’t agree on anything, but they agreed on how much they loved, and how much fun they had and how proud they were that we won the Stanley Cup."
Founded in 1980, the D.C. sports hall of fame honors athletes, sports journalists and executives each year for excellence in D.C. sports. 2019 was the first time an entire team was formally recognized, fitting for the first-ever Stanley Cup championship in D.C.
"It [the honor] is a good capstone on that run," Leonsis said.
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Before first pitch against the Braves on Sunday, the Washington Nationals yielded the field for a celebration as the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame inducted 11 members to the 2019 class.
The class includes D.C. legends from sports such as football, basketball and soccer. The Hall of Fame created a new category to honor a "Team of Distinction." It is no surprise that the 2018 Stanley Cup Champions are the first to receive this honor.
The full list of honorees are:
- Andrew Beyer – covered horse racing for the Washington Post for four decades, created the Beyer Speed Figure
- Tom Brown – two-sport professional athlete, played with the Washington Senators and Washington Redskins
- Sasho Cirovski – winningest coach in U. of Maryland men’s soccer history, three-time NCAA champion
- Tom Dolan – two-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer (1996 and 2000) and former world record holder
- Danny Ferry – men’s basketball national player of the year at DeMatha Catholic High School and Duke University
- Ray Flaherty (1903-1994) – first head coach of the Washington Redskins, two-time NFL champion
- Charles Mann – two-time NFL Super Bowl champion during 11 seasons with the Washington Redskins
- Kevin Payne – first president and CEO of DC United and four-time MLS Cup champion
- Cathy Reese – three-time coach of the year with U. of Maryland women’s lacrosse, 12-time NCAA champion
- Allie Ritzenberg (1918-2018) – fixture of D.C.’s tennis community for nearly eight decades
- 2017-18 Washington Capitals – 2018 Stanley Cup champions, brought first NHL title to D.C.
The Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1980 and honors over 100 members of D.C. sports from athletes, sports journalists and executives.
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