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Four Free Agents Invited to Brampton Beast Training Camp

Four Free Agents Make Beast Training Camp

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Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast, proud ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, are excited to announce that four players from the Free Agent Camp held from July 24-26 have been invited to the Beast’s main Training Camp this September.

Goaltender Paul Dorsey, forward Luke Sandler, defenseman Ben MacAskill and former Beast blueliner Dean Willmott were chosen from a prospect pool of 76 total participants to advance to the next level of selection and battle for a spot on the 2015-2016 Beast roster.

“The quality of the players was a lot higher than in previous seasons,” said Beast front office staffer Mike Pupo, who assisted in the coordination of the camp and players over the past two years. “There was also a lot more diversity on the ice with players coming from a wide variety of hockey levels and leagues around the world.”

Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan agreed that there was a much bigger buzz around the camp this summer, given the Beast’s solidified position in the ECHL and affiliation with the Canadiens.

“Over the course of our three seasons here in Brampton, this was without a doubt the largest, most intense and most competitive Free Agent Camp that we have run,” said Kaplan. “The response from the guys on the ice was incredible. As a result, we are inviting four players to our main training camp this fall, each of whom will battle for a roster spot with the Beast.”

Assistant Coach Peter Goulet, who oversaw the Free Agent Camp, also provided an update on the Boston Chowder Cup Tournament he participated in from July 16 – 19, 2015. Goulet assembled and entered a team into the Senior Jr. A Elite Division, composed of players aged 18-20 years old, against a field of 58 total teams. Former participants in this tournament include six prospects selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL entry draft, among them No. 2 overall selection Jack Eichel and No. 5 pick Noah Hanifin, out of a total of 41 NHL draft picks from this past year alone.

“I have been bringing teams to the Boston Chowder Cup for the last 14 years,” said Goulet of the experience. “Of those years, I have coached teams into the Semi-Finals twice, only to come up short both times. This summer was my third trip to the Semi-Finals, with a team that had only five players who played Jr. A Hockey in Canada last year, and while we didn’t win the tournament I was extremely impressed with the way the team came together against some very high-level competition. We look to build off these very successful results when we return to Boston next season with teams in both the Senior Jr. A Elite, College Open, and 2000/2001 Divisions.”

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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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IceCaps to Host Marlies for Preseason Games in NL

St. John’s to host Toronto in preseason games

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S — The St. John’s IceCaps announced today the Toronto Maple Leafs’ top prospects will travel to Newfoundland and Labrador in October to compete in a three-game preseason series.

The American Hockey League preseason showdown will pit the Toronto Marlies versus the IceCaps at three venues across the province:

• Thursday, October 1st (7:30 p.m. NT) Stephenville Dome
• Friday, October 2nd (7:30 p.m. NT) Corner Brook Civic Centre
• Sunday, October 4th (2:00 p.m. NT) Gander Community Centre

“The Montreal Canadiens’ rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs is one of the greatest in all of sports so I’m sure these IceCaps and Marlies contests will be intense and spirited as players jockey to secure a place on their respective teams, “ said IceCaps President and CEO Danny Williams. “Of course, these games will also give our fans their first glimpse of an entirely new IceCaps roster stocked with Montreal Canadiens prospects. From that perspective, this will be a momentous series for the IceCaps franchise as we launch our new era as the primary affiliate of the legendary Canadiens franchise.”

Brad Lynn, Alternate Governor and Director of Hockey Operations for the Marlies, says the Toronto Maple Leafs organization has a historic connection to Newfoundland and Labrador, which makes this series unique.

“Newfoundland represents a special place in Marlies history after the team enjoyed 14 seasons as the St. John’s Maple Leafs,” said Lynn. “Since relocating to Toronto, the team has always enjoyed returning to Newfoundland and playing in front of the passionate IceCap fans. The affiliation with the Montreal Canadiens, arguably the Maple Leafs most storied rival, just adds another dynamic for the players and fans of both organizations. These exhibition games will expose fans across Newfoundland to the rivalry that has developed between these two clubs and we look forward to puck drop in October.”

The IceCaps also announced that training camp will run from September 27th to October 7th, initially based out of Corner Brook and concluding in St. John’s.

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AHL Board Approves Changes for 2015-16

Board of Governors approves changes for 15-16

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American Hockey League Media Release

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League’s Board of Governors has concluded its 2015 Annual Meeting, held this week at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Chaired by AHL President and CEO David Andrews, the four days of meetings, which concluded Thursday, saw the approval by the Board of the following items to be implemented beginning in 2015-16:

Playing Schedule/Standings
• The 2015-16 regular season will consist of 1,120 games, played between Oct. 9 and Apr. 17. All teams will play 76 games each with the exception of the clubs which joined the AHL in January as part of the creation of a Pacific Division (Bakersfield, Ontario, San Diego, San Jose, Stockton); those five teams will play 68 games each.

• Teams will receive two points for a win and one point for an overtime or shootout loss. The top four teams in each division ranked by points percentage (points earned divided by points available) will qualify for the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, with one exception in each conference: if the fifth-place team in the Atlantic or Central Division finishes with a better points percentage than the fourth-place team in the North or Pacific Division, it would cross over and compete in the other division’s bracket.

• The 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs will feature a divisional playoff format, leading to conference finals and ultimately the Calder Cup Finals.

• The division semifinals are best-of-five series; all subsequent rounds are best-of-seven.

Rule 85 (“Overtime”)
• During the regular season, the sudden-death overtime period will be five minutes (5:00) in length.

• Full playing strength will be 3-on-3 (plus goaltenders) for the entire period.

• Overtime will be preceded by a “dry scrape” of the entire ice surface.

• Teams will change ends at the start of overtime.

• If the game is still tied following overtime, a winner will be determined by a three-player shootout.

Rule 79 (“Video Review”)
• A team may use a “coach’s challenge” to initiate an official video review; only those situations which are subject to review by rule may be challenged.

• A team may only request a coach’s challenge if it has its timeout available, and the coach’s challenge must be effectively initiated prior to the resumption of play.

• If the coach’s challenge does not result in the original call on the ice being overturned, the team exercising such challenge will be charged with a timeout.

Rule 76.4 (“Face-offs”)
• For all face-offs (excluding center ice), the defending player shall place his stick on the ice first; for face-offs at center ice, the visiting player shall place his stick on the ice first.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 14th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2014-15.

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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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Beast Sign Forward Scott Howes to One-Year Contract

Former Beast Star Returning to Brampton

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Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast are excited to announce another familiar face, Scott Howes, will be returning to the roster for the 2015-2016 ECHL season.

Howes, the Beast franchise leader in points per game, and third overall in total goals scored, will once again suit up for the Brampton side this fall.

A pure goal scorer who spent last season tearing up the Danish Elite League, Howes has recorded 80 goals (141 points) in his last 103 professional games, a span going back three years to 2012-13 when he was a member of the Allen Americans.

“Scott was arguably the most productive player that has ever played for the Beast, scoring nearly a goal a game,” said Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan of Howes’ 36 games with the Beast. “He also has a great history in winning an ECHL championship with Alaska. We are very excited that Scott will be returning to Brampton and will be vital to our winning culture.”

During the Alaska Aces run to a Kelly Cup Championship in 2011, Howes led his team in postseason scoring with 19 points in 12 games, earning the talented forward Playoff MVP honours.

“I’m really excited to be coming back to the Beast organization,” said Howes, who will be relocating to the GTA with his wife and newborn. ”We have such passionate fans, it’s a cool situation to be able to play at home at the professional level. Between that, coaching and management, it feels like they are going in the right direction. It’s going to be a great season.”

The 26 year old native of Toronto, ON played his junior hockey in the QMJHL where he accumulated 118 points in 113 regular season games and added 26 points in 19 post season matches. Invited to training camp by the Vancouver Canucks, Howes began his pro career with the Manitoba Moose (AHL) in 2008-09 and has put up strong numbers in both the ECHL and AHL.

In 2012-13 Howes joined the Allen Americans and lit up the Central Hockey League by tallying 1.59 points per game, scoring 20 goals in 20 game and finishing at a 0.95 goals per game rate, the highest goals per game of any player in the four professional hockey leagues in North America in the 2012-13’s regular season.

Catch Howes around the Powerade summer and out at our community events around the Peel region! The organization looks forward to continuing to connect with their growing fan-base and having a successful third year.

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AHL Realignment Moves IceCaps to North Division

IceCaps join new division with arch-rival Toronto

Ottawa, Vancouver affiliates among teams in North Division

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL. – The St. John’s IceCaps – proud new American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens – will move to a newly-formed division next season which includes natural rival, the Toronto Marlies.

As part of league realignment announced by the AHL today in Chicago, the IceCaps will now play in the North Division of the Eastern Conference alongside the Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs), Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators), Utica Comets (Vancouver Canucks), Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres), Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils).

In their previous four seasons, the IceCaps competed in the Atlantic Division with the Portland Pirates, Worcester Sharks, Providence Bruins and Manchester Monarchs.

“We’re thrilled to be part of this new AHL division,” said IceCaps COO and Governor Glenn Stanford. “The IceCaps rivalries with the Marlies and Senators will become some of the most heated in the league, as they currently are with the respective parent clubs. And I’m sure rivalries with our other new division-mates will develop once the season gets underway. St. John’s fans will also get their first-ever glimpse of teams like Rochester and Utica next season. Overall, a great day to be an IceCaps fan.”

IceCaps Season tickets can be purchased in person at the Mile One Centre box office (noon-5 p.m.), by phone at 709-576-7657 (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.), or online at www.mileonecentre.com

 

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)
Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR)
Hershey Bears (WSH)
Lehigh Valley Phantoms (PHI)
Portland Pirates (FLA)
Providence Bruins (BOS)
Springfield Falcons (ARI)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)

North Division
Albany Devils (NJ)
Binghamton Senators (OTT)
Rochester Americans (BUF)
St. John’s IceCaps (MTL)
Syracuse Crunch (TB)
Toronto Marlies (TOR)
Utica Comets (VAN)

Western Conference

Central Division
Charlotte Checkers (CAR)
Chicago Wolves (STL)
Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)
Iowa Wild (MIN)
Lake Erie Monsters (CBJ)
Manitoba Moose (WPG)
Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)
Rockford IceHogs (CHI)

Pacific Division
Bakersfield Condors (EDM)
Ontario Reign (LA)
San Antonio Rampage (COL)
San Diego Gulls (ANA)
San Jose Barracuda (SJ)
Stockton Heat (CGY)
Texas Stars (DAL)

The format for the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs will be finalized by the Board of Governors at its Annual Meeting in Hilton Head Island, S.C., July 6-9, and the complete playing schedule for the 2015-16 regular season, which begins Oct. 9, will be announced later this summer.

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IceCaps Sign Forward Brandon McNally to One-Year AHL Contract

IceCaps Sign Forward Brandon McNally
Dartmouth College Product Completed 2014-15 Season in Hamilton

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Brandon McNally (Photo by Valley News – Tris Wykes)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have signed forward Brandon McNally to a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season.

Originally signed in March to a professional try out contract with the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton, McNally recorded three points (two goals, one assist) and eight penalty minutes in 11 games.

In 105 career NCAA games with Dartmouth College from 2011 to 2015, the 6-2, 215-pound forward recorded 65 points (31 goals, 34 assists) and 196 penalty minutes. Before college, the Saugus, Mass. native played at Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Mass.

IceCaps season tickets are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Mile One Centre box office (noon-5 p.m.), by phone at 709-576-7657 (noon-5:30 p.m.), or online at www.mileonecentre.com

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IceCaps Appoint Jason King as Director of Hockey Operations

IceCaps Make Front Office Changes

The St. John’s IceCaps today announced changes to the club’s front office staff.

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S — Former IceCaps player and assistant coach Jason King will join the front office as the team’s Director of Hockey Operations, replacing Brad Andrews who is assuming a new position with the Winnipeg Jets organization. In his new role, King will be responsible for managing all team travel and serve as support for the coaching staff.

Glenn Stanford, Chief Operating Officer and Governor of the IceCaps, said King is a perfect fit to fill the void left behind by Andrews.

“Jason is a smart, capable young man with an intimate knowledge of the role from working closely with Brad over the past four years,” said Stanford. “Additionally, Jason’s relationships throughout the American Hockey League will be a huge asset as he enters this new phase of his career with the IceCaps.”

While pleased for Andrews, Stanford says he will be deeply missed by the IceCaps organization.

“Brad’s work ethic was second to none and he served as a great ambassador for our organization and community,” said Stanford. “Over the last four years Brad developed this job into a state of the art position and created such a mold, that it will be so much easier for Jason to step in. We wish Brad and his family all the best in the future.”