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IceCaps Recall Brandon McNally and Angelo Miceli from Beast

McNally and Miceli recalled to IceCaps
FORWARDS RETURN TO ST. JOHN’S

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (February 3, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have recalled forwards Brandon McNally and Angelo Miceli from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

McNally was signed by the IceCaps to an American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season in May. The 21-year-old has registered one goal and two assists in 23 games with St. John’s and an assist in six games with the Beast.

The IceCaps signed Miceli to an American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season in September. The 21-year-old has collected three goals and an assist in 16 games with the IceCaps and seven goals and 12 helpers in 24 games with the Beast.

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IceCaps Reassign Angelo Miceli to Brampton Beast

Miceli assigned to Brampton
FORWARD ANGELO MICELI RETURNS TO ECHL AFFILIATE

Angelo Miceli (Photo by St. John's IceCaps)
Angelo Miceli (Photo by St. John’s IceCaps)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (Dec. 27, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have assigned centre Angelo Miceli to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The IceCaps signed Miceli to a one-year, two-way American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season in September. The 21-year-old has collected three goals and an assist in 16 games with the IceCaps and three goals and three helpers in eight games with the Beast.

The five-foot-10, 180-pound pivot spent the previous four seasons with the Victoriaville Tigres of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), capped by a 96-point season that placed him first among Tigres and fifth in league scoring in 2014-15.

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IceCaps Recall Forward Angelo Miceli from Brampton Beast

Miceli recalled to IceCaps
CENTRE ANGELO MICELI RETURNS FROM BRAMPTON BEAST

Angelo Miceli (Photo by St. John's IceCaps)
Angelo Miceli (Photo by St. John’s IceCaps)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (Nov. 14, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have recalled centre Angelo Miceli from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The IceCaps signed Miceli to a one-year, two-way American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season in September. The 21-year-old collected three goals and three assists in eight games with the Beast. He scored a goal in three contests with the IceCaps earlier this season.

The five-foot-10, 180-pound pivot spent the previous four seasons with the Victoriaville Tigres of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), capped by a 96-point season that placed him first among Tigres and fifth in league scoring in 2014-15.

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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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IceCaps Assign Centre Angelo Miceli to Brampton Beast

IceCaps assign Miceli to Brampton

Angelo Miceli (Photo by St. John's IceCaps)
Angelo Miceli (Photo by St. John’s IceCaps)

St. John’s IceCaps MEDIA RELEASE

MONTREAL, QUEBEC (October 19, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have assigned centre Angelo Miceli to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The IceCaps signed Miceli to a one-year, two-way American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season, last month. The 21-year-old scored a goal in three games with the IceCaps so far this season.

The five-foot-10, 180-pound pivot spent the previous four seasons with the Victoriaville Tigres of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), capped by a 96-point season that placed him first among Tigres and fifth in league scoring in 2014-15.

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IceCaps Angelo Miceli: One Step Closer [AUDIO]

Angelo Miceli (Photo by La Presse)
Angelo Miceli (Photo by La Presse)

TORONTO, ON. — Twenty-one year old forward Angelo Miceli, a native of Montreal, Quebec realized a dream on September 27, 2015, when he signed his first professional contract. Not only was it his first professional contract, but it was with the Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate, St.John’s IceCaps. Miceli is that much closer to realizing a childhood dream of playing in the NHL for his hometown Montreal Canadiens!

Junior Career

Miceli played a total of 255 games in the QMJHL for the Victoriaville Tigers over a total of five seasons. Miceli played five games for the Tigers during the 2010-11 season, he registered only one assist in that time. The following year Miceli was nearly 0.50 points per game as he scored 24 points in 50 games meanwhile spending only 24 minutes in the penalty box.

The 2012-13 season was Miceli’s breakout year in the QMJHL when he scored 81 points in 68 games. Miceli just barely missed matching that point total the following year with 77 points in 68 games. In Miceli’s last season in the QMJHL, the Tigers named him the assistant captain of the team. He managed to score 38 goals and 58 helpers for a total of 96 points, meanwhile amassing only 50 penalty minutes, something that attests to his discipline on the ice. His fantastic finish to his junior career earned him an invite to the Montreal Canadiens development camp in July.

Development Camp

Once Canadiens fans found out that Miceli had been invited to the camp, expectations rose and he did not disappoint. Miceli had a fantastic development camp among players in his age group. He was consistently one of the best players on the ice. As the camp moved along, his leadership on and off the ice, along with his strong play and heart earned him an invitation to the Montreal Canadiens rookie camp, a gigantic step forward for the invite.

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Angelo Miceli (Photo by Chris Hatzitolios | Rocket Sports Media)

Rookie Tournament

As the rookie camp came along, coach Sylvain Lefebvre included Miceli in the lineup, on the fourth line to start, for the first game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins, a game in which Miceli stood out as the best player on the ice for both teams. Miceli was a driving force in the Canadiens taking the game to overtime, where they lost 4-3 on a breakaway by Daniel Sprong. Miceli had three primary assists in the game.

In the second game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Miceli took a penalty, that was his only showing on the scoresheet. However as the game progressed, coach Lefebvre used Miceli on the penalty-kill, but overall, it was a quiet night for Miceli.

In the final game of the tournament versus the Ottawa Senators, Miceli had an assist on the Canadiens only goal. It was a beautiful feed from below the red line to Dryden Hunt for a very nicely executed one-timer goal bringing the Canadiens within one. Miceli was once again one of the best offensive performers in the game as his vision and playmaking ability was on display.

Miceli’s performance at development camp and the rookie tournament was not lost among the Canadiens management as he made the cut for the Canadiens main training camp.

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Angelo Miceli speaking to the media after the final game of the Rookie tournament.

A one-on-one interview with Angelo Miceli after his three assist game versus the Penguins.

Training Camp And a Dream Come True

Miceli attended the Canadiens training camp in September.  He was cut however he earned himself his first professional contract, a two-way AHL contract, where he can play with either the AHL IceCaps or the ECHL’s Brampton Beast. A dream was realized for the twenty-one year old forward from Montreal.  He is in the Canadiens organization and he is one step closer to potentially playing in the NHL with the team he idolized as a kid.

Angelo Miceli is attending the IceCaps training camp with his immediate future being decided shortly. Will the forward start his first professional season with the IceCaps or the Beast?

His hard work, dedication and love for the game came through over a crazy summer. Miceli said at the rookie tournament that he is proud of what he had accomplished so far. Little did he know that he would be getting a contract a few weeks later! The dynamic forward will be a big boost to either of the Beast or IceCaps as the season starts, just the beginning of his pro hockey career.

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IceCaps Sign Forward Angelo Miceli to One-Year Contract

IceCaps sign centre Angelo Miceli
FINISHED FIFTH IN QMJHL SCORING LAST SEASON

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St. John’s IceCaps MEDIA RELEASE

MONTREAL, QUEBEC (September 27, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have signed centre Angelo Miceli to a one-year, two-way American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season.

The five-foot-10, 180-pound pivot spent the past four seasons with the Victoriaville Tigres of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), capped by a 96-point season that placed him first among Tigres and fifth in league scoring in 2014-15.

Miceli, who collected 279 points in 255 career QMJHL games, attended the Canadiens’ development, rookie and main camps this off-season.