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IceCaps Assign Goaltender Pasquale, Defenceman Brown to Brampton Beast

IceCaps assign Pasquale, Brown to Brampton
ICECAPS TRIM ROSTER AHEAD OF HOME OPENER

Eddie Pasquale (Photo by St. John's IceCaps)
Eddie Pasquale (Photo by St. John’s IceCaps)

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC (October 13, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have assigned goaltender Eddie Pasquale and defenceman Travis Brown to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

Both Pasquale and Brown were signed to one-year, two-way American Hockey League contacts in the off-season. Neither player dressed for the IceCaps first two regular-season games last weekend.

IceCaps single-game tickets are on sale now, and are still available for opening weekend, Oct. 16-17 vs. the Rochester Americans. 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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Brampton Beast Add Reinforcements from St. John’s IceCaps

IceCaps send reinforcements, Beast get Pasquale, Brown

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Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast, proud ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, announced Tuesday that goaltender Eddie Pasquale and defenseman Travis Brown have been reassigned from the St. John’s IceCaps to the Beast.

The duo has arrived in Brampton and will be ready to hit the ice when the Beast kick off their second season in the ECHL against the Manchester Monarchs on Friday, October 16.

Pasquale, a Toronto native, was a fan favourite in St. John’s during his tenure with the Winnipeg Jets organization between 2011-12 and 2013-14 and was an AHL standout, collecting 55 wins in 112 games played in his three seasons on the Rock.

Considered a top-notch legitimate NHL prospect, Pasquale was red hot during his rookie season in the American Hockey League. The 6’2” goaltender was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team and took home AHL Player of the Week honours for the week of February 12.

Pasquale has spent the majority of his career in the AHL, but did suit up for 12 games in the ECHL with the Gwinnett Gladiators in 2011-12.

The Beast’s blue line got stronger and deeper on Tuesday as defenceman Travis Brown joined Pasquale on the trip from St. John’s.

Entering his first season as a professional, Brown completed his junior hockey career in 2014-15 with an exceptional year, helping the Victoria Royals to the second round of the WHL playoffs with a stellar 18 goals and 39 assists in 71 regular season contests.

A fifth round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012, the 21-year-old rearguard is considered a potent two-way force, as evidenced by his career junior point totals (48G, 133A) split between the Royals and Moose Jaw Warriors.

The Brampton Beast start the 2015-16 season on the road but that doesn’t mean you have to miss the team’s Season Opener. The Beast are hosting a Watch Party at the Powerade Centre on Friday, October 16 starting at 6:30pm. Later in the week, head back to the Powerade Centre for Fan Fest, taking place on Sunday, October 18. Get your free tickets at BramptonBeast.com.

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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

Jacob de la Rose (Photo by St. John's IceCaps)
Jacob de la Rose (Photo by St. John’s IceCaps)

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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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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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Nikita Scherbak (Photo by St. John’s IceCaps)

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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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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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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.

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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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IceCaps Sign Defenceman Travis Brown to One-Year Contract

Travis Brown participated in the Canadiens Development camp in July at Brossard.

IceCaps sign former Blackhawks pick Brown

Travis Brown
Travis Brown

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MONTREAL, QC. – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have signed defenseman Travis Brown to a one-year, two-way American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season.

Chosen by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 149th overall selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the six-foot-two, 200-pound blueliner split the past four seasons between the Moose Jaw Warriors and Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Last year was Brown’s best as a junior, as the 21-year-old collected 18 goals and 57 points in 71 games with the Royals. Overall, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native rang up 181 points in 281 WHL career contests. Brown attended the Montreal Canadiens development camp in July at Brossard, Quebec and will also participate with the Canadiens in a four-team, NHL rookie tournament in September at London, Ontario.

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Habs Prospects Ready to Make the Jump

by Nic Phelan, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

(PHOTO LE JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL, PIERRE-PAUL POULIN)
(PHOTO LE JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL, PIERRE-PAUL POULIN)

ST. JOHN’S, NL. — The Montreal Canadiens were the healthiest team in the NHL in 2014-15 with the fewest Man Games Lost at 88 (team reported.) By contrast, the Columbus Blue Jackets topped the list with a whopping 508 Man Games Lost. Given the low number of injuries we saw typical Hamilton callups like Christian Thomas, Sven Andrighetto, Jarred Tinordi and Greg  Pateryn. It was good to see Pateryn, Nathan Beaulieu and Jacob De La Rose earning their keep playing big minutes in the Habs playoff run.

We can only hope for similar luck in 2015-16, but in case it doesn’t happen Bergevin definitely feels comfortable with the pieces in the system. This year the organization has an exciting crop of young guys waiting for their chance to make a jump, whether that be from junior to the pros, or the AHL to the NHL.

Michael McCarron

McCarron was drafted 25th overall by the Habs in 2013. Bergevin had visions of the 6-foot-6-inch, 230 pound ‘man-child’ meeting Milan Lucic at centre ice while making the Habs a much tougher team to play against. Times change, the NHL continues to get faster, and the Bruins have lost some of their edge with Dougie Hamilton and Lucic heading west in separate draft day deals.

McCarron still remains an interesting prospect because of his development. This time last year Habs fans heard whispers of “bust,” a word rarely used before a player even leaves junior. In his first year with the London Knights, McCarron struggled to find the back of the net. This year he found his touch playing with speedy playmakers like Max Domi and Mitch Marner. Unfortunately, due to politics by USA Hockey (they aren’t fond of American players who choose the CHL as a development path), for the second straight year McCarron was snubbed from the US Junior Camp.

Meanwhile a trade was in the works to move McCarron to the Oshawa Generals. McCarron didn’t see the same production in Oshawa, but remained close to a point per game player. More impressively, McCarron was counted on to play major minutes at the center position for the eventual Memorial Cup winners while impressing scouts with his ability to shut down top guys on opposing teams on a big stage. Once again Bergevin drools over the prospect of having a big body up the middle, something we’ve lacked in Hab land since, well, since McCarron was born.

Ceiling – Two-way center, potential 20-goal scorer. Think Brian Boyle 2.0
Floor – John Scott, look out Phil Kessel.

Nikita Scherbak

Without a doubt the flashiest player on this list with the apparent highest ceiling, Nikita Scherbak was drafted 26th overall by the Canadiens in 2014. After coming into the Canadiens camp at 6-foot-1-inch, 175 pounds last fall, Scherbak made noise this year growing an inch and adding another 25 pounds to his now 6-foot-2-inch frame. His wide skating stance and creativity with the puck had comparisons to another young Hab of Russian descent, No. 27.

In junior, Scherbak came to Canada to prove his commitment to playing in the NHL, as a part of the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades in 2013-14; he led all rookies in scoring with 78 points in 65 games, and followed it up with a modest 82 points in 65 games with Everett this past season. Nikita figures to compete in camp for a top-6 role on the big club, with potential to show his worth following news of Max Pacioretty missing most of the preseason (knee injury). With that said, following the recent Alexander Semin signing it is more likely he will spend some time with the St. John’s IceCaps this upcoming fall and before cracking the Habs lineup sometime in 2015-16.

Ceiling – Perennial 60+ point scoring winger.
Floor – Somewhere in Russia.

Charles Hudon

Drafted by the Canadiens 122nd overall in 2012, Hudon has spent his hockey career under the radar. In junior, he made Team Canada in 2012, just to suffer a back injury in the pre-tournament games and missed the tournament. The following year he was selected to play for Canada again, registering a couple points, but never really standing out. His junior career was highlighted scoring 273 points in 235 games, but his 5-foot-10-inch, 180 pound frame never considered to carry over to the NHL.

Last year with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Hudon was off to an incredible pace, leading the AHL in scoring with 27 points through 25 games as a 20-year old. However everything slowed down with just 30 points in his final 50 games. It is important to note that Hudon was a winger throughout junior, and was asked to play center position by the Hamilton coaching staff. It is yet to be seen if Hudon will ever become a bonafide NHL’er, but it appears that he will at least be given a chance, and is a current favourite to take over the vacant top-6 spot for the Habs; that is so long as the next prospect doesn’t have anything to say about it.

Ceiling – 40-50 point guy, 2nd-3rd line. Derek Roy.
Floor – Gabriel Dumont, career AHLer.

Daniel Carr

An unlikely hero in last year’s regular season, he was a bright spot on an inconsistent Hamilton Bulldogs team. Carr led all AHL rookies in scoring with 24 goals, and found chemistry with  Hudon. He spent four years at Union College, New York in NCAA Divison I. Scoring 78 goals in 160 college games, he helped bring Union College its first National Championship in school history.

Carr is a bit of a wildcard for the Habs, however they lost nothing by signing him as an undrafted free agent, and have been pleased by his development under Sylvain Lefebvre. Much like his line-mate from last season, he will by vying for that top-6 position in camp this September. The Habs’ brass hopes he proves to be a diamond in the rough for a team who may be depending on Alex Semin to address the lack of scoring. Bergevin and company have been adamant about the potential of a young player rising to the occasion and Carr figures to be just the type of guy they are looking for.

Ceiling – Brad Boyes, 30 goal threat.
Floor – Jason Jaffray, career AHL’er.

Zachary Fucale

The only thing more jammed up than Carey’s starter role is his trophy case back in Kelowna, BC. Because of this, Fucale is likely the furthest away from a Habs debut on this list, barring an injury to Mr. Price (let’s not go there.) Fucale will be fighting for a roster spot on the IceCaps with fan favourite Eddie Pasquale, who led the IceCaps (as part of the Jets organization) to a conference final and Calder Cup Final in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Along with the return of incumbent starter Mike Condon, Fucale now finds himself in a predicament. After shattering records for goaltending in the QMJHL, Fucale will get his first taste of the Pro’s this fall.

Fucale was the beneficiary of playing behind one of the greatest junior lineups in the last decade with players such as Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Martin Frk, and more recently Nikolaj Ehlers and Timo Meier. He found himself traded to the 2015 Memorial Cup Host Quebec Remparts following his Gold for team Canada in Toronto this past January (his second kick at the cat as starter for Team Canada). The QMJHL has always given goalies the benefit of the doubt as a high scoring league with no defence, so Fucale’s stats were never considered to be an issue. His calm and sometimes cocky demeanor had scouts comparing him to No. 31 for Le Bleu Blanc et Rouge. The pedigree is there for Fucale, but it’s yet to be seen if he can follow through with the IceCaps this year or perhaps the organization deems it more valuable for him to gather more starting minutes with the Brampton Beast of the ECHL. Best case scenario for the Habs is he becomes the Schneider to Carey’s Luongo in 4-5 years.

Ceiling – Franchise No. 1 Starter, Potential trade bait or successor.
Floor – Justin Pogge anyone?


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