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IceCaps Assign Defenceman Josiah Didier to Brampton Beast

IceCaps assign Didier to Brampton
DEFENCEMAN JOSIAH DIDIER REASSIGNED TO ECHL AFFILIATE

Josiah Didier
Josiah Didier

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 14, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have assigned defenceman Josiah Didier to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The 23-year-old has scored a goal in three games with the Beast so far this season and was scoreless in one outing with the IceCaps.

Didier was signed to a one-year American Hockey League contract in the off-season after completing a professional try out contract (PTO) with the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton last season. In 148 career NCAA games with the University of Denver from 2011 to 2015, the Littleton, CO native recorded 29 points (4 goals, 25 assists) and 203 penalty minutes.

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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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IceCaps Recall Forward Mark MacMillan from Brampton Beast

IceCaps recall MacMillan from Brampton
FORWARD MARK MACMILLAN RETURNS FROM ECHL AFFILIATE

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 13, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned forward Mark MacMillan to the IceCaps from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

MacMillan had two goals and three assists in six games with the Beast so far this season. He was scoreless in one contest with the IceCaps.

The Penticton, B.C. native was a fourth-round draft pick of the Canadiens in 2010. Named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference defensive forward of the year in 2014-15 with the University of North Dakota, MacMillan was signed to a two-year NHL entry level contract in April, 2015.

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IceCaps Assign Defenceman Dalton Thrower to Brampton Beast

Dalton Thrower (Photo by RDS)
Dalton Thrower (Photo by RDS)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 13, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned defenceman Dalton Thrower from the IceCaps to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

Thrower has registered two penalty minutes in two games with the IceCaps so far this season.

The Squamish, B.C. native was drafted in the 2nd round (51st overall) by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The 21-year-old, who signed a three-year entry level contract in May 2014, played his amateur hockey with the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades and Vancouver Giants. The six-foot-one, 203-pounder skated in 37 games with the Beast last season.

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After 14 Games: St. John’s IceCaps Review

 

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BRAMPTON, ON — The first year AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, the St.John’s IceCaps are off to a good start through their first 14 games of the season. They are currently third in the Eastern Conference’s North Division with a 7-5-1-1 record for 16 points. Part of the IceCaps early success this season has largely been in part to some of the new faces that either made the jump to the professional ranks or signed this past summer with the Canadiens or the IceCaps organization.

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons for the IceCaps early success is goalie Zach Fucale who is 5-2-0 so far in his seven games, helping his team pick up 10 out of a possible 14 points. Fucale has been mostly solid in his first professional season, although has a middling goals against average of 3.10 and a save percentage of .906 so far. Meanwhile he even chipped in offensively with one assist. The Canadiens 2013 2nd round draft pick has shown his ability to match up to the professional game so far, he will likely only get better as the season moves along.

George “Bud” Holloway, the 27-year-old former third round pick of the Los Angeles Kings, who is back playing in North America for the first time since the 2010-11 season, is the current leader in assists with 11 and points with 15 through the first 14 games. Holloway really impressed while playing overseas in Europe for four seasons signing a one-year, two-way deal with the Canadiens on July 1st.

Holloway was given a chance to crack the deep Canadiens lineup in training camp, however he was unsuccessful in doing so and was sent to the AHL where he has taken on a bit of a veteran role for the young IceCaps team. Holloway brings a ton of leadership to the IceCaps lineup and overall makes them a much better team. Holloway could be a call up later in the season for the Canadiens if injuries occur, however for now, the leading scorer of the IceCaps remains put.

Two first year professionals in Michael McCarron coming out of the Oshawa Generals organization and Nikita Scherbak out of the Everett Silvertips organization are proving that not everyone’s adjustment to the professional game is a difficult one. Big Michael McCarron is in a tie for third in IceCaps scoring with 11 points in 14 games, including six goals so far on the year while being tied for 18th in AHL scoring on the season.  Big Mac is a very intimidating presence when he is on the ice, so far this season he has shown he is not afraid to shoot the puck or play his style which is great news.

Nikita Scherbak on the other hand has had a pretty pedestrian start to the season. In eight games he has three points and is a minus-5.  For Scherbak, the adjustment to the professional game, speed and play hasn’t been the issue, it has been some injuries have kept him out. Once he gets back to being fully healthy, he will find it easier to play his skilled game and the points will start to come.

Daniel Carr, Sven Andrighetto and Charles Hudon were pegged as players who could have a shot to crack the Canadiens roster out of training camp as well, with two of them being full second year professionals. The trio are all off to good starts this season.

Daniel Carr who had 24 goals last season for the Hamilton Bulldogs is second in team scoring with 12 points in 14 games. Charles Hudon, who was named to the AHL’s all-rookie team last season with 57 points in 75 games, is off to a solid start with 10 points in 14 games.

Lastly, there is diminutive Swiss forward, Sven Andrighetto, who is now playing in his third professional season.  In his first season, Andrighetto registered 44 points; last season he tallied 43 points in 40 games. Andrighetto has started this season with nine points in 14 games.

For the IceCaps, these three – two of which were Captain and Assistant Captain at the Rookie Tournament in September – are all being watched closely by the Canadiens and their fans. They figure to be among the top call-ups for the Canadiens if there are any injuries. These young leaders are at the forefront of a, so far, successful St. John’s team in it’s first year as the Habs AHL affliliate.

The IceCaps boast prospects that the Canadiens can afford to wait on. The fact that the Canadiens can afford to let these prospects play together for a long period of time, to grow and learn together, is huge. It also gives the Canadiens management time to really see what type of players they have in the AHL and even in the ECHL with their ECHL affiliate, the Brampton Beast. With the talent the Canadiens organization boasts, the IceCaps figure to be competitive this season. A young, hungry team that can really do some damage this season, the Canadiens know success is paramount in the AHL and ECHL to create a winning environment for these prospects to grow from and translate into success at the next level.

The St.John’s IceCaps next play the Toronto Marlies on Friday, November 13th at home and the Brampton Beast with the likes of Angelo Miceli, Tim Bozon, Mark MacMillan and more next play the Saturday, November 14th vs the Elmira Jackals.

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IceCaps Assign Forward Tim Bozon to Brampton Beast

Bozon Reassigned to Brampton
FORWARD TIM BOZON HEADS TO ECHL AFFILIATE

Tim Bozon (Photo by Vincent Éthier)
Tim Bozon (Photo by Vincent Éthier)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 12, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned forward Tim Bozon from the IceCaps to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

Bozon has not seen any action with the IceCaps or Beast so far this season.

The St. Louis, Mo. native was drafted in the 3rd round, 64th overall by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Bozon, who signed a three-year entry level contract in May 2013, played his amateur hockey with the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice and Kamloops Blazers.

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IceCaps Recall Goaltender Eddie Pasquale from Beast

IceCaps Recall Pasquale from Brampton
ORIGINAL ICECAP EDDIE PASQUALE RETURNS TO ST. JOHN’S

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Eddie Pasquale

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ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 2, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have recalled goaltender Eddie Pasquale from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

Forward Stefan Fournier was also reassigned from Brampton.

Pasquale has posted a 1-4-1 win-loss record with the Beast, including a 3.88 goals against average and a .877 save percentage. The 24-year-old Toronto native has not dressed for the IceCaps so far this season. He was signed in July to a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season.

An original IceCap, Pasquale played three seasons in St. John’s from 2011-12 to 2013-14 and holds many team records, including most games played by a netminder – 112.

Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers 117th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Pasquale was traded by the Winnipeg Jets to the Washington Capitals last summer in an exchange of draft picks. However, he sat out the entire 2014-15 season recuperating from hip surgery.

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IceCaps Recall Forward Stefan Fournier from Beast

Fournier Reassigned to IceCaps
RIGHT-WINGER STEFAN FOURNIER RETURNS TO ICECAPS LINEUP

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ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 2, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned right-winger Stefan Fournier to the IceCaps from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

Goaltender Eddie Pasquale was also reassigned from Brampton.

The six-foot-three, 220-pounder from Montreal was scoreless in four games with the Beast but collected 19 penalty minutes. He has not dressed for the IceCaps so far this season. Fournier is in the final year of a three-year NHL entry level contract.

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IceCaps Assign Forward Mark MacMillan to Beast

MacMillan Reassigned to Brampton
CANADIENS REASSIGN FORWARD MACMILLAN TO ECHL CLUB

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Mark MacMillan

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ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 1, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned forward Mark MacMillan to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

MacMillan was scoreless in one game with the IceCaps and three games with the Beast so far this season.

The Penticton, B.C. native was a fourth-round draft pick of the Canadiens in 2010. Named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference defensive forward of the year in 2014-15 with the University of North Dakota, MacMillan was signed to a two-year NHL entry level contract in April, 2015.

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IceCaps Recall Forward MacMillan, Defenceman Didier from Beast

IceCaps recall MacMillan and Didier from Brampton
MARK MACMILLIAN AND JOSIAH DIDIER RETURN FROM ECHL

Josiah Didier
Josiah Didier

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC (October 27, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have recalled forward Mark MacMillan and defenceman Josiah Didier from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

MacMillan was scoreless in three games with the Beast, while Didier had a goal and an assist in three ECHL contests. Neither player has dressed for the IceCaps so far this season.

MacMillan was a fourth-round draft pick of the Canadiens in 2010. The Penticton, B.C. native was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference defensive forward of the year in 2014-15 with the University of North Dakota.

Didier was signed to a one-year American Hockey League contract in the off-season after completing a professional try out contract (PTO) with the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton last season. In 148 career NCAA games with the University of Denver from 2011 to 2015, the Littleton, CO native recorded 29 points (4 goals, 25 assists) and 203 penalty minutes.