ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks have announced that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center David Steckel to a one-year contract through the 2013-14 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Steckel has been assigned to Norfolk, where he had been playing on an AHL contract prior to signing the NHL contract. In addition, the Ducks have assigned left wing Matt Beleskey and goaltender Viktor Fasth to Norfolk on Long-Term Injury Conditioning Loans.
Steckel, 31, has totaled 79 points (33g. 46a) in 418 NHL games split between stints with Washington, New Jersey, Toronto, and Anaheim. The 6-6, 215-pound center appeared in 21 games with the Ducks last season posting six points (1g, 6a). Steckel appeared in all seven of Anaheim’s Conference Quarterfinal contests vs. Detroit last season, collecting two points.
A dependable faceoff specialist, Steckel led the NHL in faceoff percentage in 2010-11 (62.3%). In 10 NHL seasons, Steckel has compiled a career faceoff percentage of 58.3% (3031-for-5205).
The 2001 first round (30th overall) draft selection of Los Angeles has registered four points (2g, 2a) with a +6 rating this season split between Norfolk and Iowa (AHL).
The Admirals once again hit the road for a three-game slate. The road trip opens with a rise and shine affair against the Manchester Monarchs on Wednesday beginning at 10:00 a.m. Norfolk plays at Providence on Friday, and will close out the trip on Saturday at Manchester.
The Admirals return home for a pair of games against the Portland Pirates on November 22 and 23. The Friday November 22 game is Military Appreciation Night. All military personnel can receive $10 tickets when they present their valid military I.D. to the Scope Box Office. In addition, the first 2,025 fans will receive the first of three Admirals trading card sets.
Admirals game tickets are on sale for tomorrow night’s matchup and are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
For 10-packs, or discounted group tickets stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, or call (757) 640-1212 Office hours are Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fans can also visit us online at www.norfolkadmirals.com