Anaheim Ducks sign defenseman Francois Beauchemin

August 21, 2017

The Anaheim Ducks announced that they have signed veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin to a one-year contract through the 2017-18 NHL season.

Beauchemin, 37, has appeared in 525 career NHL games with Anaheim (53-126=179 points with a +47 rating), and was a member of the 2007 Stanley Cup Champions. Among the franchise's all-time defensive leaders, Beauchemin ranks second in goals and plus/minus, third in points and assists, and tied for third in game-winning goals (10).

In his last season with Anaheim in 2014-15, the 6-0, 204-pound defenseman set a career high with 11 goals and finished the season with 23 points in 64 games.

A native of Sorel, Quebec, Beauchemin has played 97 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, all in an Anaheim uniform. He is the all-time franchise leader among defensemen in playoff scoring, goals, assists, power play goals, power play points and games played. Beauchemin has helped Anaheim reach the playoffs in eight of his nine seasons with the club, reaching the Western Conference Final three times in addition to the aforementioned Stanley Cup in 2007.

He was originally acquired by Anaheim from Columbus with Tyler Wright in exchange for Sergei Fedorov and a fifth-round selection in the 2006 NHL Draft on Nov. 15, 2005. After his original stint in Anaheim, Beauchemin was reacquired by the Ducks from Toronto in exchange for Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner on Feb. 9, 2011.

By Staff of and news services

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