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Habs Prospects Bolster ECHL Brampton Beast

Stefan Fournier (Photo by Frank Raymond | Brampton Beast)
Stefan Fournier (Photo by Frank Raymond | Brampton Beast)

BRAMPTON, ON — On May 28, 2105, the Brampton Beast of the ECHL, announced that the Montreal Canadiens and the St. John’s IceCaps would be their NHL and AHL affiliates respectively. On October 16th, the Beast began their second season in the ECHL, the first as a partner of the Canadiens organization. The Beast have started the season with a record of 0-4-1 through their first five games.

The Brampton Beast have six Habs prospects on their roster with Stefan Fournier and Mark MacMillan signed to contracts by the Canadiens. MacMillan was inked to a two-year entry-level contract by GM Marc Bergevin on April 12, 2015.

Travis Brown, Angelo Miceli, Eddie Pasquale and Josiah Didier are all signed to AHL deals (one-year, two-way) by the St. John’s IceCaps.

Angelo Miceli – Center (3 GP, 1 G, 1 A)

Angelo Miceli was a star for the Canadiens at both of the development camp and their rookie camp back in September, shortly after the rookie camp, Miceli was signed by the St.John’s IceCaps to an AHL/ECHL deal. Miceli scored his first professional goal in his second career AHL game. After the IceCaps third game, he was assigned to the Brampton Beast where he would be getting more ice-time and being able to work on his game more with this being his first professional season.

You can find my feature on Beast forward Angelo Miceli here.

Mark MacMillan – Right Wing/Center ( 2 GP, 0 G, 0 A)

Mark MacMillan was the Montreal Canadiens 4th round pick from the 2010 NHL draft. MacMillan played with the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs in his draft year, upon being drafted, MacMillan spent the next four seasons at the University of North Dakota. During MacMillan’s time at the University of North Dakota, he won and was nominated for several athletes, along with being named an Assistant Captain in his final season which was cut short due to an injury. MacMillan is a 6’0 versatile forward who is now looking to make an impact in his first professional season. He has only played in 2 of the 4 Brampton Beast games so far this season but he will figure in more and as he adjusts to the professional game, points will come.

Josiah Didier – Defenceman ( 2 GP, 1 G, 1 A) 

The Littleton, Colorado native was drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 NHL draft by the Montreal Canadiens, he played for the University of Denver for 4 years before playing 8 games for the Canadiens former AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, he notched 1 point in those games. Didier stands at 6’3 and weighs 218 pounds. So far the hulking rearguard has 2 points in 2 games with the Beast. Didier is your typical defensive defenceman, he plays physical, he excels at blocking shots and playing on the penalty kill.

Stefan Fournier – Right Wing (2 GP, 0 G, 0 A)

Stefan Fournier was signed as a free agent by general manager Marc Bergevin on July 6th, 2013, he was signed to a standard three-year entry-level deal by the Canadiens. Now in the final year of his ELC, Fournier looks to impress Canadiens management by having a strong start to the season in the ECHL, he will be getting lots of ice-time to produce in Brampton. He is a big body who isn’t afraid to hit and play a physical game. If Fournier doesn’t produce this season, this may be his only shot with the Canadiens organization.

Travis Brown – Defenceman (4 GP, 2 G, 0 A)

Travis Brown was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks as a 5th round pick in the 2012 NHL draft. In August of 2015, Brown signed an AHL/ECHL deal with the St.John’s IceCaps, the same deal Angelo Miceli signed. Brown has had a strong start to the season for the Beast, he has notched 2 goals in 4 games, even though he is a minus-1 on the season. Brown is a product out of the WHL, he split time through 4 seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Victoria Royals, he had very good junior numbers as well. Brown was also one of the prospects the Montreal Canadiens had at the rookie tournament, Brown will see more ice time in Brampton and has time to better his game, he is a good addition to the Beast who figure to be competitive this season.

Edward Pasquale – Goalie (Record 0-2-1, 4.42 GAA, .866 sv%)

Edward Pasquale is a 25 year old goalie who has spent most of his professional career with the St.John’s IceCaps. Pasquale has posted better numbers in the AHL then he has the ECHL however he was the goalie that was sent to the Beast in favor of Zach Fucale and Dustin Tokarski splitting time with the IceCaps. Pasquale was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers-now-Winnipeg Jets franchise in the 4th round of the 2009 NHL entry draft. Pasquale is set to get the brunt of the starts with the Beast this season.

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The Brampton Beast hope to have a competitive season as it is their first as an NHL affiliate. The 6 Canadiens prospects look to be a big part in the Beast’s success this season. For anyone wanting to check up on how the Canadiens organization prospects are doing, Beast games are always a good time and now with some potential NHLers in the fold, there shouldn’t be a reason not to go if you’re in the area. Angelo Miceli and the Brampton Beast play next on Friday October 30, 2015 against the Tolledo Walleye at 7:15 pm.

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Brampton Beast Sign Longueuil Native Jeremie Blain

Beast Acquire Blain Brother Jeremie

Comets pre-season game against Adirondack Flames at Kennedy Arena in Rome, NY.
Jeremie Blain

Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and the Montreal Canadiens, is proud to announce the acquisition of former Edmonton Oilers draft pick, defenseman Jeremie Blain.

The brother of current Beast forward Luc-Olivier Blain, the 23-year-old Longueuil, Quebec native was acquired on loan from the AHL’s Chicago Wolves on Tuesday.

Considered a solid two-way defender with offensive upside, Blain has significant experience at both the AHL and ECHL level and was highly-regarded for his capability to play the game at an elevated level on both sides of the puck.

Blain will be a great fit with the Beast as he is already familiar with his brother Luc-Olivier as well as Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk, who spent two seasons as Kalamazoo’s Assistant Coach while Blain was under contract with the Wings.

Chaulk believes that Blain is exactly the kind of player that the Beast need to help them contend in the ECHL’s tough Eastern Conference.

“Jeremie is a player that can play in any situation on the ice, from killing a penalty to quarterbacking a 5-on-3 power play,” Chaulk said.

“Most importantly, the way he lives his life and the choices he makes when it comes to training, health and the way he treats people, that’s the exact kind of person that the Beast is looking for.”

Blain played four years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League split between the Victoriaville Tigres and Acadie-Bathurst Titan, where he amassed 16 goals and 116 assists in 211 games played between 2008-09 and 2011-12.

The 91st overall pick in the 2010 NHL entry Draft, Blain started his professional career in the 2012-13 season and split time between the AHL’s Chicago Wolves (25GP, 0G, 4A) and the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads (47GP, 7G, 24A).

Over the last two seasons, he split time with both the AHL’s Utica Comets and the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings.

Between the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, Blain played in 20 games with the Comets and recorded four assists and eight penalty minutes. He blossomed into a great two-way defenseman in Kalamazoo and suited up for 66 games, netting eight goals and chipping in with 36 assists.

The Brampton Beast start the 2015-16 season on the road but that doesn’t mean you have to miss the team’s Season Opener. The Beast are hosting a Watch Party at the Powerade Centre on Friday, October 16 starting at 6:30pm. Later in the week, head back to the Powerade Centre for Fan Fest, taking place on Sunday, October 18. Get your free tickets at BramptonBeast.com.

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Brampton Beast Add Reinforcements from St. John’s IceCaps

IceCaps send reinforcements, Beast get Pasquale, Brown

(Photo by Brampton Beast)
(Photo by Brampton Beast)

Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast, proud ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, announced Tuesday that goaltender Eddie Pasquale and defenseman Travis Brown have been reassigned from the St. John’s IceCaps to the Beast.

The duo has arrived in Brampton and will be ready to hit the ice when the Beast kick off their second season in the ECHL against the Manchester Monarchs on Friday, October 16.

Pasquale, a Toronto native, was a fan favourite in St. John’s during his tenure with the Winnipeg Jets organization between 2011-12 and 2013-14 and was an AHL standout, collecting 55 wins in 112 games played in his three seasons on the Rock.

Considered a top-notch legitimate NHL prospect, Pasquale was red hot during his rookie season in the American Hockey League. The 6’2” goaltender was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team and took home AHL Player of the Week honours for the week of February 12.

Pasquale has spent the majority of his career in the AHL, but did suit up for 12 games in the ECHL with the Gwinnett Gladiators in 2011-12.

The Beast’s blue line got stronger and deeper on Tuesday as defenceman Travis Brown joined Pasquale on the trip from St. John’s.

Entering his first season as a professional, Brown completed his junior hockey career in 2014-15 with an exceptional year, helping the Victoria Royals to the second round of the WHL playoffs with a stellar 18 goals and 39 assists in 71 regular season contests.

A fifth round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012, the 21-year-old rearguard is considered a potent two-way force, as evidenced by his career junior point totals (48G, 133A) split between the Royals and Moose Jaw Warriors.

The Brampton Beast start the 2015-16 season on the road but that doesn’t mean you have to miss the team’s Season Opener. The Beast are hosting a Watch Party at the Powerade Centre on Friday, October 16 starting at 6:30pm. Later in the week, head back to the Powerade Centre for Fan Fest, taking place on Sunday, October 18. Get your free tickets at BramptonBeast.com.

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Brampton Beast Roster Update: 11 Released From Camp

Beast release 11, Roster stands at 22 players

(Photo by Brampton Beast)
(Photo by Brampton Beast)

Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, announced today that the club has released eleven (11) players from its Training Camp roster, shortening the number of players remaining to 22.

The following players have been released from Training Camp:

Peter Hermenegildo

Grant Holliday

Linden Bahm

Ben MacAskill

Grant Gettinger

Jason Yee

Nick Zappia

Ben Rubin

Dean Willmott

Dorian Peca

Paul Dorsey

The players remaining in Training Camp Include:

Forwards (13)

Chris Auger

Bryan McGregor

Brandon Marino

Scott Howes

Yannick Tifu

Jamie Wise

Stephon Thorne

Cal Wild

Jeff Brown

Luc-Olivier Blain

Thomas Stajan

Steven Guzzo

Yannick Riendeau

Defense (7)

Mathew Maione

Zach McCullough

Justin DaCosta

Guy Leboeuf

Steve Tarasuk

Francis Meilleur

Christian Weidauer

Goaltenders (2)

Bryan Pitton

Trevor Cann

The Beast’s second season in the ECHL kicks off on the road for the 2015-16 campaign. The Beast will head to New Hampshire to face the Manchester Monarchs on Friday, October 16 before ending their season-opening road trip in central New York to face the Elmira Jackals on Saturday, October 17.

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Recap: Team India vs Brampton Beast: Historic Game is Huge Success

Beast vs Team India (Photo by Frank Raymond | Brampton Beast)
Beast vs Team India (Photo by Frank Raymond | Brampton Beast)

BRAMPTON, ON. — In September of 2015, the Brampton Beast announced an exhibition game against the National Hockey team of India, a monumental announcement in the Hockey World, as the Beast would be hosting India as they play their first game against a professional team. Team India Head Coach, Adam Scherlip who used to work for the New York Islanders wanted a new challenge, he embraced the challenge of expanding hockey to other parts of the world where it isn’t as prominent and known as it is around Europe and North America along with that Former NHLer Donald Brasher’s company “Brash87” is the company that makes the sticks that Adam Scherlip’s Team India is using in the game here vs Brampton.

On October 9th, 2015, a game that no one thought was possible came to fruition, Team India stepped on the ice at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ontario for their first game against a professional team, a long way from home, an event that took a lot of time and patience to work out, but it happened. The Beast and the city of Brampton were very proud to be able to host such an event. Hockey fans didn’t miss the opportunity to be a part of history.

The Beast honoured Team India very nicely before the game by having the players come out to their name being called over the PA, to huge ovations from the Brampton faithful, a first for the national team players and surely a moment they will never forget. After team India came out, the Brampton Beast hit the ice to an ovation as well. As the teams lined up at their respective blue lines, three young singers sang the Indian national anthem as well as the Canadian anthem. Following the anthems, the respective captains of Team India and the Brampton Beast lined up at centre ice for the ceremonial puck drop.

The teams lined up for the inaugural faceoff of the first period to mark the beginning of a new era in Indian Ice Hockey. The Brampton Beast scored five quick goals which resulted in a mix of both teams, which is a big opportunity for players of both teams to learn new things about their new teammates for the night and have some fun with their new teammates. The periods were high scoring however the Team India players started to settle in during the second period when the nerves wore down. They were able to showcase some of their individual skill to the fans and to everyone on the ice; they seemed to have some new found chemistry with their new teammates.

The Brampton Beast scheduled a nice intermission showing as two different groups performed traditional Indian dances, the crowd ate it up as it is something different that you typically don’t see at a hockey game.

The game came to an exhilarating end as team blue stormed back with 2 goals in under a minute to win the game 12-11, an exciting end to a fantastic event, the teams shook hands and took a picture altogether at centre ice before Team India players skated around the ice with an Indian flag taped to a hockey stick, waiving it around proudly to the joy of the crowd.

After the game I had the opportunity to ask Team India head coach Adam Sherlip a few questions, Sherlip said “It was just good fun, I mean, you can’t really do much coaching to be honest, it’s just rolling the lines, joking around with the guys and just making sure they’re all having a good time, and so if they are then I am”, when I asked him about the feeling in the locker room before game time, Sherlip said “I just wanted to remind the guys to have fun, it’s hockey, it’s a fun game, there’s no systems that we have to prepare for, we put this team together in a week and gave them as much ice time as we could, I just reminded them to stay between the puck and the goalie and to keep their feet moving, just simple hockey stuff and to work hard every shift”. Coach Sherlip emphasized that they’re confident that this game will open some eyes as to expanding the game in south Asia and mentioned the possibility of a India Ice Hockey Woman’s team in the future at some point.

This event took lots of planning, lots of hard work which led to its success, the Beast and Team India gained exposure through this game and through the process of setting everything up. The Brampton Beast did a fantastic job of ensuring that this event would be something that the players, coaching staff and management of Team India will never forget, a true bookmark in the history of Hockey as the sport continues to successfully grow all around the world.

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ECHL’s Brampton Beast Announce 2015-16 Training Camp Roster

Beast Announce 2015-16 Training Camp Roster
CAMP ROSTER

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Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast Hockey Club, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens, is pleased to announce its roster for 2015-16 Training Camp.

Players will be taking to the ice starting Monday, October 5 and will practice throughout the week until camp concludes on Wednesday, October 14.

On-ice practice sessions will be taking place at the Powerade Centre at 10 a.m. daily for the duration of Training Camp. Practices are open to the media as well as Beast Season Ticket Holders. Please note that practice times and locations are subject to change.

2015-16 Training Camp Roster

Forwards

Scott Howes

Yannick Tifu

Brandon Marino

Chris Auger

Luc-Olivier Blain

Yannick Riendeau

Bryan McGregor

Nick Zappia

Jamie Wise

Stephon Thorne

Thomas Stajan

Bryan Cameron

Linden Bahm

Benjamin Rubin

Steven Guzzo

Dorian Peca

Grant Holliday

Defense

Guy Leboeuf

Francis Meilleur

Dean Willmott

Steve Tarasuk

Christian Weidauer

Grant Gettinger

Jason Yee

Ben MacAskill

Peter Hermenegildo

Zach McCullough

Danick Malouin

Goaltenders

Trevor Cann

Bryan Pitton

Paul Dorsey

Beast Contracted Players Attending AHL Training Camps

Mathew Maione – D

Justin DaCosta – D

Cal Wild – F

Jeff Brown – F

The Beast’s second season in the ECHL kicks off on the road for the 2015-16 campaign. The Beast will head to New Hampshire to face the Manchester Monarchs on Friday, October 16 before ending their season-opening road trip in central New York to face the Elmira Jackals on Saturday, October 17.

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Brampton Beast Sign Former QMJHL Forward Yannick Riendeau

Beast Sign CHL Scoring Champion Yannick Riendeau

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Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast are pleased to announce the signing of CHL scoring champion Yannick Riendeau.

Riendeau had a stellar junior career averaging almost a point per game in his years in the QMJHL. His most outstanding year was in 2009, where the Quebec native led the Canadian Hockey League in points (178 pts in 83 games). That year Riendeau outscored John Tavares of the New York Islanders. The forward sensation had 126 points (64 g 58 a) in 64 games during the regular season was the playoff MVP with 52 points (29 g 23 a) in 19 games tying Mario Lemieux for the second most goals in Canadian Hockey League playoff history.

“Yannick will be one of the most skilled players the Brampton Beast fans will have ever seen,” said Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk. “He’s a proven offensive producer who will provide depth to our attack.”

Riendeau had his first professional start with the Providence Bruins of the AHL and signed a three-year contract. From 2009-2012, the 5’10 185lbs winger suffered from numerous injuries while with the Bruins and spent some time with the Reading Royals of the ECHL where he met recent Beast signee and childhood teammate Yannick Tifu. After his season with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL in 2012-13, Riendeau headed to France where he played a full season finishing with 33 points in 25 games. Riendeau returns to the ECHL where had a 137 total career points in 145 games.

“I’m excited to join the Brampton Beast organization and I have heard nothing but good things,” said the Beast forward. “I’m a natural offensive player with good stick handling and can be a great contributor. I’m good offensively but I know that to win a championship you have to also be defensive.”

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Brampton Beast Set to Host Team India

(Photo by Paul Jackow / Brampton Beast)
(Photo by Paul Jackow / Brampton Beast)

BRAMPTON, ON. — On Tuesday afternoon at City Hall in Brampton, Ontario, the ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, the Brampton Beast, had a special announcement regarding a very historic moment in ECHL and hockey history. The Beast revealed that they will be hosting a game vs the National Ice Hockey Team of India on October 9th, 2015 at the Powerade Center. This is the first time in ECHL history that one of it’s developmental clubs will be hosting a game vs an international team.

The City of Brampton has one of the largest Indian communities in all of Canada. Both the Brampton Beast hockey club and the National Ice Hockey Association of India are hoping that this monumental moment in hockey history is the beginning increased interest in the sport in India. It is also hoped this opens up opportunities for people around the world to have the right to play Ice Hockey and enjoy the experience of playing the sport we all love, no matter where they are.

In the entire country of India, there is only one hockey rink located at an altitude of 12,000 feet above sea level.  It is beyond tough for some people to adjust to playing in places like Denver and Calgary, let alone at a rink that is at a level that can lead to high altitude sickness. Despite hockey being played in India since 1908, it being one of the most populated nations on earth, funding and opportunity to build more rinks simply has not been there until recently. In 2009 head coach Adam Sherlip decided to take things a step further and start moving India into a developing hockey nation.

(Photo by Paul Jackow / Brampton Beast)
(Photo by Paul Jackow / Brampton Beast)

Head coach Sherlip will be bringing a total of 10-12 players to Canada for this opportunity. He described his team as being “very excited” and that they “could not believe” that they will be coming to Canada for this opportunity. The Brampton Beast will be helping the Indian national team with an open try-out for Canadians of Indian decent to help fill out the roster. The  players that make the roster will be recognized as Team India National Hockey Players. In addition, the Beast may be looking for billet families so that the players from India will  experience life here in Canada, something they will never forget.

The Indian national team will be using sticks from former NHLer Donald Brashear’s company, BRASH87. The game will be played at the Powerade Center in Brampton, Ontario, Canada on Friday, October, 9th at 7:15 pm. The game between the Beast and Team India is a fantastic opportunity for hockey fans to tune in, experience a truly monumental game in hockey history and to see these players have an experience of a lifetime while supporting the growth of hockey all around the world.

Here is what Head Coach Adam Sherlip had to say:

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Brampton Beast Sign Defencemen Justin DaCosta, Dean Willmott

Beast Bolster Blue Line

Justin DaCosta
Justin DaCosta

Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast is pleased to announce the signing of the two new additions to the team’s blue line, Mississauga native and international veteran Justin DaCosta and Ryerson Rams alumni Dean Willmott. The duo will join Mathew Maione, Guy Leboeuf and Francis Meilleur as the core of the Beast’s defensive unit.

DaCosta spent his 2014-15 season in Europe and split time between the Elite Ice Hockey League’s (EIHL) Coventry Blaze and the Polish Hockey League’s KH Sanok, where he was teammates with new Beast goaltender Bryan Pitton.

He enjoyed a great season overseas but when presented with the opportunity to return to North America to play for the Beast, his answer was a simple one.

“When I first found out there was a team in Brampton, I always thought it would be a great place to play,” DaCosta said. “I was born in Toronto and I live in Mississauga now and (playing near my hometown) has always been something that I wanted to do. I’m excited about the team that Coach Chaulk is building. He’s bringing in a lot of great players.”

The 30-year-old played in 212 Ontario Hockey League games between 2002 and 2006 for the Barrie Colts, Owen Sound Attack and Mississauga IceDogs before moving on to a successful university career with the University of New Brunswick.

He kicked off his professional career during the 2009-10 Central Hockey League playoffs, suiting up for 10 contests with the Colorado Eagles.

Over the next five seasons, he collected quite a few stamps on his passport as his professional career took him all over the globe, including stops in the United States, France, Austria, Hungary, Finland and the United Kingdom.

Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk believes DaCosta’s vast international experience will make him an asset on the Beast blue line.

“Justin is a puck-moving power play defense man who will fit in well with our possession style of play,” he said. “His veteran presence will bring valuable experience and leadership to our defense.”

Willmott, 25, is no stranger to Beast fans, having played his rookie season with Brampton in 2014-15. He suited up for 21 contests, scoring one goal and chipping in with two assists and 16 penalty minutes and is excited to remain a member of the Beast for the 2015-16 season.

“It feels great to be back,” Willmott said. “To be able to be able to play in front of my family and friends and stay close to home is important to me. Brampton has a great hockey culture and there have been a lot of great teams that have played in the city. It’s great to be able to come back and play again at the Powerade Centre with the Beast.”

Willmott scored his first goal as a professional at the Powerade Centre in Brampton on March 27, 2015 and earned First Star honours in a 6-3 loss to the Rapid City Rush.

Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan liked what he saw from Willmott from last season and is looking forward to seeing what he is capable of in his second pro season with the Beast.

“We really respect Dean’s resolve,” Kaplan said. “After being on the Beast last year, he was required to re-up and tryout again with the team. Many players would have walked away, but Dean stepped up and earned another opportunity with the team. We respect his commitment.”

Hailing from Toronto, Willmott has been playing in his home province of Ontario for his entire junior and professional career. He spent three seasons in the Ontario Junior A Hockey League between 2008 and 2011, including two with the Seguin Bruins and one with the Huntsville Otters.

Willmott then went the university route and spent his entire four-year OUAA career with the Ryerson University Rams and played in 103 games and earned himself eight goals and 17 assists.

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Brampton Beast Sign Goaltender Bryan Pitton

Beast Sign 2013-14 CHL Champion and Former Brampton Battalion Goalie Bryan Pitton

Bryan Pitton (Photo by Brampton Beast)
Bryan Pitton (Photo by Brampton Beast)

Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast is proud to announce the signing of Central Hockey League Champion and former Brampton Battalion goaltender Bryan Pitton.

The 6’3” goaltender was selected in the 5th round by the Edmonton Oilers during the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Bryan is the brother of Jason Pitton, who is currently the franchise’s points leader (100 points in 136 GP) and finished last season with 22 goals.

Bryan is no stranger to playing in Brampton. He spent his entire his OHL career with the Brampton Battalion and played a total of 124 games for the club between 2005-06 and 2007-08 and is looking forward to returning home to the Flower City.

“Excitement comes to mind,” Pitton said of the opportunity to play in Brampton. “It’s been eight or nine years since I’ve been back home. Just the idea of being close to family and friends and to get to play where I spent three special years of my life is exciting.”

Last season, Pitton was a rock between the pipes for KH Sanok in the Polish Hockey League and compiled a 1.97 goals against average and a league-best .934 save percentage in 44 games.

Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan believes Pitton’s vast experience makes him a valuable asset to the Beast for the 2015-16 season.

“Signing Bryan Pitton is very substantial for the Beast,” said Kaplan. “A team can only go as far as its goaltending will take them. From his days leading the Brampton Battalion, to his recent dominance in Allen leading the Americans to the CHL Championship in 2014, Bryan is a proven leader and stellar goaltender”.

Prior to Pitton’s time in Poland, he spent the 2013-14 season in the now-defunct Central Hockey League and helped the Allen Americans to a league championship. He had great season with a 2.75 goals-against-average and .916 save percentage in 43 regular season contests. Pitton was near-unbeatable during the CHL playoffs and posted a 2.20 goals-against-average and .931 save percentage in 17 games.

“It is also appropriate at this time to thank Bryan’s brother Jason Pitton for his significant contributions to the franchise in our first two seasons,” said the Beast president and general manager. “Jason was one of the original ambassadors of the Beast and made a big impact both on and off the ice.”

Bryan made his professional debut with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons at the end of the 2007-08 season and has suited up for 17 AHL contests between the Falcons and Oklahoma City Barons.

His transition back to North American hockey should be an easy one, as he already has 127 games of ECHL experience under his belt from stints with the Stockton Thunder and Bakersfield Condors between 2008-09 and 2011-12.

Pitton headed overseas following the 2011-12 hockey season and landed with the Fife Flyers in the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom, where he posted the busiest season of his professional career and suited up for 52 games and recorded a 2.89 goals against average to compliment his .907 save percentage.

Pitton’s success has made him a hot commodity over the last two seasons and Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk is excited to see what the 27-year-old will bring to the team.

“Bryan is an elite goalie who has led Allen to the CHL championship,” said Chaulk. “He gives our team a chance to win every night and has the ability to give his teammates a calm confidence. His compete and maturity is immeasurable in our league.”