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Beast Sign Defenseman Guy LeBoeuf to One-Year Contract

LeBoeuf to Beef up the Blueline for Second Season

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Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast are excited to announce that Guy LeBoeuf will be the first defenseman signed to the team for the 2015-2016 season.

Known for his imposing stature and physical style of play, Leboeuf will return to the Brampton blueline after suiting up for 34 games in a Beast jersey last year. After adding boxing to his workout regimen in South Florida this summer, the Bedford, Quebec native looks to be an even more dominant force on defense this year.

“When people look at stats, they see I’m not really a points guy,” said the 6’5” defenseman. “I want to continue what I was doing last year. I want to use my size to keep the puck out of our net by taking away time and space from the other teams’ top players and give our guys a chance to win.”

Weighing 215 pounds, LeBoeuf quickly shot up the Beast defensive depth chart, finding himself on the top shutdown pairing with Montreal Canadiens prospect Dalton Thrower.

“We’d like to see Guy in that [top defensive pairing] role again,” said Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk. “He’s is a strong skater and is great with getting his stick on the puck. That’s the way we want our defensemen to play.”

Prior to joining the beast, Leboeuf played 27 ECHL games, all last season, split between the Missouri Mavericks and South Carolina Stingrays, in addition to a 14 game stint with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. He was invited to the Arizona Coyotes rookie camp prior to the start of the year, playing with Team Canada sensation and top-prospect Max Domi.

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Beast Sign Forward Stephon Thorne to One-Year Contract

Beast Re-Sign Razor Sharp Thorne

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Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast are pleased to announce the return of former Brampton Battalion captain and last year’s Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Thorne to the 2015-2016 Beast roster.

“Being a part of this organization in Brampton means a lot to me,” said Thorne. “Being close to home, being a minute away from my parents who are able to come and watch me play, it means everything. It’s great to be back and I couldn’t be more excited for October.”

Thorne will suit up for his second season as a member of the Beast after logging eight goals, 13 points and 123 penalty minutes for the team last year. The Mississauga native also took over the role of protecting his teammates on the ice by leading the Beast with 13 fighting majors in 61 games.

Prior to turning pro, Thorne played three seasons with the Brampton Battalion and was named team captain in 2010-11. His first professional season came the following year with the Fort Wayne Komets, where he helped win the Ray Miron’s Cup of the Central Hockey League alongside current Beast Head Coach (and then-Captain of the Komets) Colin Chaulk.

“Thorne is a guy that plays both ends of the rink, and does things the right way,” said Chaulk of the signing. “We played a season and a half together, and won a championship together. He can fight, he can chip the puck out, and overall he plays a role that is extremely important to the team’s success.”

“I just go out there and play my game. It’s who I am,” said Thorne. “I want to be a two-way player and put up a little bit more offense, but no matter what you’ll see me protecting my teammates. I want to help those guys as much as I can, whether it’s going out there and fighting, hitting a guy or blocking a shot, that’s my game and that’s what I’m going to bring every night.“

Catch Thorne around the Powerade Centre and out at our community events in the Peel region this summer! The organization looks forward to continuing to connect with their ever growing fan-base and beginning a successful third year this coming fall.

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Beast Sign Forward Jeff Brown to One-Year Contract

Rookie Sensation Brown Re-signs with Beast

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Brampton Beast Media Release

Brampton, ON – The Brampton Beast are thrilled to announce the return of rookie sensation Jeff Brown for the 2015-2016 ECHL season.

Brown, a Toronto native, will continue his career as a ‘Hometown Kid’ after making the jump to pro hockey with the Beast last February. Fresh from wrapping up his senior campaign with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (CIS), the young forward joined the Beast mid-season, and looked like anything but a rookie after notching five points in his first five games with the team.

“Jeff came in last year as the 10th forward and earned his way,” says Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk. “He is a guy that does a little bit of everything and we expect him to challenge and push our top six forwards. He plays the right way; on the penalty kill, on special teams, and at the same time he can run a guy over. The biggest thing that stood out after watching game tape was his level of physicality and his willingness to compete, and those are valuable assets to our team.”

A force to be reckoned with at both ends of the ice, Brown instantly became a fan favourite with his soft hands and hard hits, playing every shift with a ferocious energy and bringing the Powerade Centre crowd to their feet again and again during his 21 games with the team.

“I think a big part of that early success comes from the way I play my game,” says Brown. “I want to by that gritty, hard-nosed player, the two-way guy that can use strength and skill around the net and put up some good numbers.”

This combination of determination, skill and drive are qualities that Team President and General Manager Cary Kaplan also has on his checklist this summer as he continues to assemble next season’s roster.

“In a very short period of time Jeff showed a tenacity and fearlessness in his game that we are really looking for,” says Kaplan, who discussed the importance of players like Brown, who truly appreciate playing the game they love at a high level in front of such passionate fans, during the tough nights that come with a long ECHL season.

Despite several offers to play professionally overseas, Brown chose to continue his development closer to home. The older brother of prospect Connor Brown, the Toronto Marlies leading scorer this past season, Jeff will spend the summer training at the MasterCard Centre with a number of Marlies and Maple Leafs players under the supervision of former Marlies trainer Bryan Marshall.

“I had a few offers over in Europe that I turned down,” says Brown. “Returning to the ECHL to play for the Beast was my first choice. It’s a great opportunity with the Montreal Canadiens becoming our new NHL affiliate, and having the chance to sit down with Chaulk was a big part of the decision to come back and sign. He has a smart hockey mind and I like the direction he is planning on taking the team, and I want to be a big part of that this season.”

Prior to making the jump to pro, the 6’1”, 200-pound winger spent four years playing Canadian Interuniversity Sport Hockey for the Varsity Blues, scoring at a clip of over a point-per-game with 40 goals, 46 assists and 86 points in 83 total contests. Brown truly found his groove with the Blues in his final season, where he notched 13 goals and 18 assists in 27 games while becoming an on and off-ice leader for the team.

During his junior career, Brown spent two and a half seasons with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League before being traded to the Windsor Spitfires in his final year of eligibility. During his 182-game OHL career, Brown scored 51 goals and 58 assists to go along with 263 penalty minutes.

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