Apr 192012

By Chris Block

Last Saturday in Rockford, we had a chance to catch up with IceHogs forward Kyle Beach for a season-in-review discussion.

The Blackhawks 2008 first-round (#11 overall) draft pick missed 57 games this season due to a dislocated right shoulder that needed surgery.  Beach suffered the injury on October 28 in Peoria during a fight with Rivermen forward Stefan Della Rovere.

After extensive rehabbing and four and a half months sitting in the stands, Beach returned to the IceHogs lineup on March 23 against the Houston Aeros.

Prior to the injury, Beach had posted 3 goals, 3 assists in the IceHogs initial 8 regular season games.  Beach registered an assist in his first game back and scored in his third game, which was the back end of a 3-in-3 at Milwaukee on March 25.

Although he appeared in just 19 games this season, there were some encouraging steps Beach took during his second pro season, as we discuss in this audio and the interview with Beach.

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In this interview with the 11th overall pick of the summer of 2008, we discuss….

-Positives Beach takes out of another disappointing season

-His thoughts after being left out of “Black Aces” group after ’10-11 season

-Coming back from right shoulder surgery after missing 4 months

-His conditioning

-The backbreaking playoff-hopes ending weekend (Apr 6-7) at Lake Erie

-Bench brawl in Milwaukee

-Fighting  and the type of player he is

-Beach’s agreement with head coach Ted Dent

-If he plans on changing his style of play moving forward?

-Beach’s plans for the off season

-Goals heading into the fall and his hopes for training camp


If you missed our previous interviews…..

Our 25-minute season in review with IceHogs head coach Ted Dent

Chat with Rockford IceHogs rookie of the year, Joe Lavin

9-minute chat with Jeremy Morin


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  3 Responses to “AUDIO: Interview with Kyle Beach”

  1. Great interview Chris. Sounds like a man on a mission. Hope he can be a difference maker next year.

    • Thanks. I wouldn’t throw in the towel on Beach just yet. But this summer is absolutely pivotal for him. Ultimately though, I don’t think he fits into where the Hawks are going with their roster. Since he’ll be right under their nose this summer, working out at the UC, I can see them making that evaluation before he even gets to camp. If he does everything they ask and works his butt off, I don’t see any reason not to keep him around, unless you get a can’t pass up offer for him, which I don’t foresee happening.

  2. Interesting points. It sounds like he knows it’s do or die with the club and that has him motivated. Where do you think the Hawks are going with their roster with respect to the forwards?

    With the exception of Bickell, Hayes and Stalberg, there doesn’t appear to be too much size. Also, any credence given to Beach since he is a right handed shot? Off the top of my head, Bolland, Shaw, Hayes and Mayers are R handed, with Mayers a UFA at season’s end.
    It seems as long as there a few players making top dollar, the Hawks are going to need players that have salaries less the $2 million.

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