Former New York Ranger’s Captain and 5 times NHL All-Star, Barry Beck, competed in his last official game last night in the Principal Standard League Championship game between Team Principal and Verity.
The towering 58 year old defensemen began his hockey career in Vancouver, B.C., Canada where he went on to be drafted 2nd overall by the Colorado Rockies in the 1977 NHL draft. After a stellar rookie season with the Rockies, Beck was traded to New York and played seven seasons with the Rangers. Beck ended his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings and racked up a total of 355 points and spent over a thousand minutes in the penalty box during his NHL days.
Beck continued to be involved in ice hockey and came to Hong Kong to promote the game. To this day, Beck still plays and competes for Team Principal of the Principal Standard League here in Hong Kong. He has been playing alongside future Hong Kong elites and has influenced the younger players to play the game the right way. Playing with systems and pushing players to play with the right attitude and positioning is one of the main reasons why this year’s Team Principal is the strongest it has ever been.
Beck looked to end his decorated playing career when Team Principal faced off against Verity for the 2015/2016 Principal Standard League Championship game. It was a close battle between the two sides and after three tight periods, Verity was able to pull away with the win beating Principal 6-2.
Beck’s toughness on the ice will be missed by all. His demeanor on and off the ice serves as a testament of his class and the respect he has for the game of hockey. His patience, hard work and dedication to the game will be celebrated and his continued commitment to promote and develop hockey in Hong Kong and Asia shows his love for the game.