Chiefs pick up Beach

The Spokane Chiefs have acquired forward Kyle Beach from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for defensemen Mike Reddington and Landon Oslanski. Beach was the Chicago Blackhawks first round draft selection, 11th overall, in 2008.

“Kyle Beach is the complete package,” Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz said in a news release. “He’s big, physical, skilled and sees the game very well offensively. He will complement our forwards because of the dimensions he brings.

“We knew we had to make a move because of our numbers on defense and we were hoping to acquire a top three forward and this trade accomplishes that.”

As a 16-year-old with the Everett Silvertips in 2006-07, Beach, 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, who shoots right but is listed as a left wing, was named the WHL Rookie of the Year after scoring 29 goals and 61 points in 65 games. He also led the Silvertips with 196 penalty minutes. In 2007-08 he recorded 27 goals and 60 points in 60 games with a team leading 222 penalty minutes. In 54 games split between Everett and Lethbridge last year Beach scored 24 goals and 66 points with 165 penalty minutes.

Reddington, a member of the 2008 Memorial Cup Champions, was originally a second round bantam selection in the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft. The Port Coquitlam, BC native has played in 194 career games in Spokane, plus another 34 in the playoffs. The defenseman scored two goals and had 15 assists with a +17 last year. He also posted 76 penalty minutes. In three seasons Reddington has 259 penalty minutes, including a team leading 102 in 2007-08.

Oslanski had an assist and was plus one on Friday night in his WHL debut in a 6-3 win over Prince George. The Camrose, Alberta native was Spokane’s selection in the third round of the 2007 WHL Bantam draft. In 2008-09, Oslanski scored six goals and 16 points with the Sherwood Park Kings of the AMHL. In 2006-07, Oslanski had 10 goals and 23 points in 30 games for Leduc of the AMBHL.

Below: A short-lived confrontation between Beach and Chief Chris Bruton in a 2008 game.

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