05/20/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/20/2020 13:16
In his second pro season, the 21-year-old established himself as one of the league's premier blueliners by leading all AHL defensemen with 48 points in 59 games. He also tied for fourth in the AHL in assists, leading the Checkers in both of those categories.
Bean's 48-point campaign is the second-most points scored in a single season by a Charlotte defensemen, trailing only Bobby Sanguinetti's 50-point effort in 2011-12.
The 13th overall selection in the 2016 draft, Bean earned a spot on the league's All-Rookie Team last year and was selected to the 2019-20 All-Star Classic earlier this season.
Bean is the second player in franchise history to be named to the AHL's First All-Star Team - joining Alex Nedeljkovic from last season - and is the fourth player to make either postseason All-Star Team. He is also the first player in franchise history to make both an All-Rookie and All-Star Team.
Director of Communications Nicholas Niedzielski joined the Checkers in the summer of 2014. A Texas native, he previously worked for the AHL's Texas Stars.