Sundogs Add Scoring, Grit to 2009-10 RosterSeptember 21, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) Arizona Sundogs
Following a five-year career at Northern Michigan University, Gardner, 28, spent one season in the ECHL before playing overseas in Germany the last three seasons. In a combined 61 games as a rookie with the Idaho Steelheads and Stockton Thunder in 2005-06, Gardner recorded 14 goals, 21 assists and 35 penalty minutes (PIM).
The Edmonton, Alberta, native's offensive production sharply increased while playing in Germany where he averaged more than a point per game, registering 85 goals and 117 assists in 146 contests. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound centerman had his best pro season in 2007-08 while helping the Dresden Ice Lions (GerObL) to a league title, setting career highs in goals (40), assists (52) and points (92) in just 52 games.
Beeman, a native of Los Angeles, California, skated for three seasons in the ECHL with the Long Beach Ice Dogs, Texas Wildcatters, Stockton Thunder and Mississippi Sea Wolves after a five-year stint with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
No stranger to the penalty box, Beeman collected 555 PIM along with 165 points (68g/97a) in 326 regular season games in the WHL. In 89 games as a pro, Beeman has accumulated 199 PIM. In 2006-07 while with the Wildcatters, Beeman tallied career highs in goals (8), assists (16), points (24) and penalty minutes (143).
The 5-foot-11, 213-pound winger has plenty of playoff experience as well, having appeared in postseason action in seven of his nine junior and pro seasons.
The Sundogs are set to open the 2009-10 regular season at home at Tim's Toyota Center on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 against the expansion Allen Americans. Both games are slated for 7:05pm (Arizona time) starts. Season tickets are available for less than $11 per game. Ask about the 'No-Risk Protection Plan'. For more information call (928) 772-5555 or visit www.arizonasundogs.com.
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