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Iron-fisted Beach happy to be a Chief

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Once the most reviled player in Spokane, Kyle Beach, who has developed quite a following on YouTube, is now somewhat of a hero on the Chiefs’ hockey team.  He’s fast becoming a fan favorite, where he used to be hated.

The offensive specialist who was traded to Spokane before the season began is now fourth in the WHL in goals scored with 18.  He’s seventh in points with 25 in just 18 games played – all pretty impressive for a young man who doesn’t even turn 20 until January.

“The more you do or the more you play, the more we want,” said head coach Hardy Sauter. “We’re going to keep throwing more and more at him until we think that maybe he’s maxed out.”

“Beach is an incredible hockey player,” commented Chiefs center Tyler Johnson. “I don’t think anyone has ever doubted that.”

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Kyle Beach is fourth in the WHL in scoring with 25 points in 18 games. (Photo: SWX)

“I’m thinking I’m feeling it,” said Beach of his performance since arriving in Spokane. “I think my shots are going where I want them to.”

Sauter said Beach is a fun-loving, easy-going kind of guy – a comment directly opposed, perhaps, to his public persona. Beach is clearly not afraid to show his “love” by letting fists fly on opposing players.  That’s something Chiefs’ fans and the Chiefs themselves learned all too well last season.  It was in Spokane while playing for the Everett Silvertips that Beach picked a fight with Spokane’s Chris Bruton.  Beach went down in one punch.  The video of the fight became a YouTube sensation among hockey fans.

“We don’t really talk about that too much,” said Johnson.

“I still argue that at the time he deserved it,” Sauter said with a smile and a chuckle. “I mean, a guy has to live with that.”

With the fight against Bruton in the past, the Silvertip slugger is now a Chief and happy about it.  And the goals just keep on coming.

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