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St. John’s IceCaps Announce 2015-’16 Opening Night Roster

IceCaps release 2015-2016 roster
GABRIEL DUMONT NAMED CAPTAIN

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St. John’s, NL (October 9, 2015) – The St. John’s IceCaps today announced their 2015-2016 American Hockey League (AHL) roster that will start the season Saturday evening in Hartford versus the Wolf Pack.

The roster is as follows:

Forwards (17): Charles Hudon, Daniel Carr, Mark MacMillan, Nikita Scherbak, Angelo Miceli, Christian Thomas, Jacob De La Rose, Bud Holloway, Stefan Fournier, Connor Crisp, Brandon McNally, Michael McCarron, Sven Andrighetto, Tim Bozon, Jeremy Gregoire, Markus Eisenschmid and Gabriel Dumont;

Defencemen (10): Josiah Didier, Morgan Ellis, Dalton Thrower, Darren Dietz, Mark Barberio, Mac Bennett, Ryan Johnston, Brett Lernout, Joel Hanley and Travis Brown;

Goaltenders (3): Zachary Fucale, Eddie Pasquale and Dustin Tokarski.

The IceCaps also announced today that forward Gabriel Dumont has been named team captain, reprising the role he assumed last season when the Canadiens’ affiliate was based in Hamilton, Ontario. The Ville Degelis, Que. native has played all of his 315 career American Hockey League regular season games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, where he accumulated 154 points (73 goals, 81 assists) and 416 penalty minutes. Dumont has also appeared in 18 National Hockey League games with the parent Montreal Canadiens. Defenceman Mark Barberio and forward Bud Holloway will provide support, each wearing the letter ‘A’ on their sweaters as assistant captains.

Additionally, the IceCaps confirmed the club has signed forward Markus Eisenschmid – who had been with the team on a try-out – to a one-year AHL contract.

The IceCaps launch the 2015-2016 season Saturday evening at the Xcel Center (8:30 p.m. NT) in Hartford, Connecticut. Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at stjohnsicecaps.com and on 930 AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador, or watch online at ahllive.com.

Single-game tickets for home games prior to Christmas are now available at the Mile One Centre box office in-person, by phone at (709) 576-7657 or online at www.mileonecentre.com.

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Canadiens Assign Tokarski, Barberio, De la Rose to St. John’s IceCaps

Three more added to IceCaps roster
BARBERIO, TOKARSKI AND DE LA ROSE ASSIGNED

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MONTREAL, QC – The Montreal Canadiens assigned three more players to St. John’s on Tuesday: defenceman Mark Barberio, goaltender Dustin Tokarski and forward Jacob de la Rose.

Barberio, 25, has played 105 career NHL games, all with the Tampa Bay Lightning, recording 17 points (6G, 11A) and 44 penalty minutes.

Tokarski, 26, has gone 9-9-5 in 27 career NHL games with Tampa Bay and Montreal, posting a 2.80 GAA and a .907 SV%.

de la Rose, 20, is in just his second season of North American pro hockey. The native of Sweden split last season between Hamilton (AHL) and Montreal, playing 33 games with the Canadiens and notching six points (4G, 2A).

The IceCaps open the 2015-16 season Saturday in Hartford vs. the Wolf Pack. Catch all the action with Brian Rogers at stjohnsicecaps.com, 930AM and on AHL Live.

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

Beast Announce 2015-16 Training Camp Roster
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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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Canadiens Reassign Charles Hudon, Sven Andrighetto to St. John’s IceCaps

Canadiens reassign Hudon, Andrighetto to St. John’s
PAIR OF FORWARDS TO JOIN ICECAPS THIS WEEK

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MONTREAL, QC – The Montreal Canadiens announced Monday that forwards Charles Hudon and Sven Andrighetto have been reassigned to the St. John’s IceCaps.

A Canadiens’ 5th round pick in 2012, Hudon, 21, finished second in AHL rookie scoring last season with the Hamilton Bulldogs, notching 57 points in 75 games and winning MVP of the AHL All-Star Classic after recording a hat trick.

Andrighetto, 22, finished his second AHL season in 2014-15, tallying 43 points in 60 games with Hamilton and earning his first NHL callup. The Switzerland native played 12 games with Montreal, registering two goals and an assist.

The IceCaps open the 2015-16 season Saturday, October 10th when they visit the Hartford Wolf Pack. Broadcaster Brian Rogers has the call at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador. Fans can also tune in via AHL Live.

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Canadiens Reassign Nikita Scherbak to St. John’s IceCaps

Canadiens reassign Scherbak to St. John’s
1ST ROUND PICK TO JOIN ICECAPS CAMP

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MONTREAL, QC. — The Montreal Canadiens announced Monday night that forward Nikita Scherbak has been reassigned to St. John’s. The team tweeted the transaction following its game vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins in Quebec City.

The IceCaps now have 29 players in camp (17 forwards, nine defencemen, three goaltenders).

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Canadiens Assign McCarron, Carr, 7 Others to St. John’s IceCaps

More reinforcements en route to St. John’s
NINE MORE PLAYERS REASSIGNED

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC (September 27, 2015) –Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that nine players have been reassigned to the St. John’s IceCaps.

The following players have been assigned to St. John’s:

Michael McCarron
Jeremy Grégoire
Darren Dietz
Joel Hanley
Daniel Carr
Bud Holloway (ƀ)
Christian Thomas (ƀ)
Gabriel Dumont (ƀ)
Morgan Ellis (ƀ)
(ƀ) – requires NHL waivers

There are still 31 players at Montreal’s camp (18 forwards, 10 defensemen, 3 goaltenders); including four injured players: Max Pacioretty, Nikita Scherbak, Noah Juulsen and Michaël Bournival.

The newest IceCaps will travel to Newfoundland and Labrador tonight to continue their training camp. St. John’s will play three pre-season games against the Toronto Marlies on October 1st, 2nd and 4th.

IceCaps season tickets remain available and can also be purchased in person at the Mile One Centre box office, by phone at 709-576-7657 or online at www.mileonecentre.com.

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Brampton Beast Sign Former QMJHL Forward Yannick Riendeau

Beast Sign CHL Scoring Champion Yannick Riendeau

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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 Sign Defencemen Justin DaCosta, Dean Willmott

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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 ECHL Scoring Champ Brandon Marino

Beast Sign ECHL Scoring Champion Brandon Marino

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Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast are excited to announce the acquisition of 2012 CHL MVP and 2014 ECHL Top Scorer, Brandon Marino. During those years, from 2012 – 2014, Marino scored more points than any other AA hockey player at the CHL and ECHL level.

The California native will be the first American-born player signed by the Beast in franchise history, demonstrating the Beast’s focus on building the best team possible regardless of nationality.

“Brandon Marino is an elite ECHL scorer and simply one of the league’s best all-around players,” said Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan. “We wanted the first US player that the Brampton Beast have ever signed to make a statement on our commitment to winning for our fans. With Brandon, Yannick Tifu, Scott Howes and Cal Wild as our four veteran players, we are confident in our powerful leadership core.”

The fourth veteran player signed to the Beast this offseason (out of a maximum of four veteran spots allowed per team), Marino is an elite forward with a proven ability to score, having notched 162 points in 143 ECHL games across two seasons with the Fort Wayne Komets. He was named Team MVP and “Mr. Hustle” for being the hardest working player on the squad both years he was with the Komets, in addition to bringing home one of the league’s most coveted awards as the ECHL’s top scorer in 2013-2014.

“I was given the opportunity to play on the first line and on the powerplay, much of the time with Chris Auger,” said Marino of his success with the Komets. “Having good teammates to play with, that’s what its all about. You’re only as good as the guys you’re playing with, and I think with the group [Colin] Chaulk is putting together we are going to be a tough team to beat.”

After spending last season overseas in the EBEL, Austria’s top tier hockey league, it was largely the recruiting of Head Coach Chaulk that brought the former scoring champion to Brampton.

“Chaulk was definitely a huge part of it, there was a lot of mutual respect from our time together in Fort Wayne,” said Marino. “His demeanor in the room when he was playing, and then the way he took on the assistant coaching duties when he wasn’t able to play, I saw how good of a coach he is going to be. The intelligence he has for the game, his commitment to winning, and the fact that he played at this level for so many years are a dangerous combination.”

Prior to suiting up for the Komets, Marino spent two years playing for the Quad City Mallards of the CHL. In his second season with the team, he led the league in goals (41) and was second in points (90) in just 65 regular season games, earning him the title of CHL MVP in 2011-2012.

“Marino is a former league MVP and scoring champion, whose speed and will to win are unmatched,” said Coach Chaulk. “Most importantly he can play in all situations, and will be a valuable asset for the Beast this season.”

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Brampton Beast Re-Sign Defenceman Mathew Maione

Fan Favourite Maione Returns to the Beast

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Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON — The Brampton Beast are excited to announce the re-signing of 24-year-old defenseman and last season’s Rookie and Fan Favourite Player of the Year Mathew Maione.

Maione notched 43 points (14 goals and 29 assists) in 69 games for Brampton, leading all ECHL rookie blueliners in scoring and coming in 10th overall in scoring among ECHL defensemen.

“Mathew had a true breakout season last year,” said team President and General Manager Cary Kaplan. “He was consistently our best defenseman and often our best player. Known for his breakaway speed and great on-ice instincts, I feel the Beast faithful will be really excited about this signing. We are looking forward to Mathew being a big part of what is shaping up to be a powerful roster in Brampton this season.”

Despite several offers to play in Europe in the fall, Maione chose to remain in the GTA and continue his professional career with the Beast for the upcoming year. The close proximity to home has allowed the offensive-minded defender to once again train with renowned fitness guru and feared NHL forward Gary Roberts at St. Andrew’s College during the offseason.

“I love working out with Gary, he’s an awesome guy who is extremely competitive and I feel like I’m in great shape coming into this season,” said Maione. “Truthfully I just want to get started. I’m excited about the team Chaulk is putting together, and to play for a guy who was a captain for ten years in Fort Wayne where he won five championships is going to make us a really tough team to play against.”

Maione suited up for four seasons of CIS hockey with the University of Prince Edward Island before beginning his professional debut with the Fort Wayne Koments in the spring of 2014. During his university hockey career, Maione tallied 65 points (9 goals, 56 assists) in 112 games to go along with 102 penalty minutes and a +24 rating.

“Maione is a smooth skating, puck-moving defenseman who has a natural confidence and poise with the puck,” said Head Coach Colin Chaulk. “Given his ability and skill on the ice we expect him to be able to contribute both offensively and defensively for the Beast.”

In 2013 Maione represented both the University of PEI and Atlantic University Sports in the International University Sports Federation Games in Italy, where the young blueliner scored the game-winning goal for Team Canada in the tournament final to defeat Kazakhstan and bring home the gold medal.