is a leader on and off the ice — Army's top returning
scorer from last season is a candidate to be one of the team captains
in 2004-05, a rare honor for a junior.
Statistics: Beamer led the disappointing Black Knights
points (8g, 17a) last season. His eight goals were tied for
third most on the squad. Was one of five players to dress
for all 33 Army games (including four exhibitions). Point
total was nearly triple that of his freshman year (5-4--9).
He Does: Though Beamer is one of the most talented
Black Knights, his leadership far exceeds whatever shows up
on the stat sheet. He's among the candidates to be named team
captain or assistant captain by new coach Brian Riley —
a rare feat for a junior at West Point. On the ice, he's a
solid two-way forward. He doesn't shirk defensive responsibility,
and when he gets an offensive chance, he often makes the most
of it. Beamer sets an example with his work ethic, which will
be vital to a team welcoming 15 freshmen.
Bigger Picture: As with every cadet at West Point,
military duty is the biggest picture of all. Beamer spoke
with INCH on his way back from a month spent at Fort Monmouth
and Fort Dix in New Jersey leading a company of students headed
to the academy's prep school. Down the road, he knows he'll
probably be deployed for two of his five years of owed time,
but even with the messy situations overseas right now, Beamer
tries not to worry about it. "Everybody kind of has that
weighing down on them, but it's not a burden," he said.
"You understand and expect that when you come to the
academy. You don't think about it much during the school year,
but it hits you in the summer when you're doing field training."
Asked if he had an opinion on current foreign policy, Beamer
said, "Personally, I don't. We have
to protect our country, and we're pretty much just following
to Beamer: "I'm all about hard work. A grinder.
Some kids are more talented, but I try to work harder than
everyone. In the defensive zone, I'm looking to control the
situation and find a man, but also keep my eye open for taking
the puck the other way. When you get that puck on your stick,
your eyes light up. You just want to get a quality shot and
go for rebounds."