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Brampton Beast

Brampton Beast
City Brampton, Ontario
League ECHL
Conference Eastern
Division North
Founded 2013 (in the CHL)
Home arena Powerade Centre
Colours Black, Silver, Red, White
                   
Owner(s) Gregg Rosen
General manager Cary Kaplan
Head coach Colin Chaulk
Captain Cal Wild
Affiliates Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
St. John's IceCaps (AHL)
Franchise history
2013–present Brampton Beast

The Brampton Beast are the only active Canadian professional ice hockey team in the ECHL since the 2014–15 season. An affiliate of the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens and the American Hockey League's St. John's IceCaps, the team originally played in the Central Hockey League for one year during the 2013–14 season prior to the league's folding. Based in Brampton, Ontario, the Beast play their home games at the Powerade Centre on Kennedy Road.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Team name 2
  • Season-by-season record 3
  • Current roster 4
  • Team Franchise Records 5
  • Single Season Records 6
  • Retired Numbers 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

History

From 1998–2013, the Powerade Centre was home to the Ontario Hockey League's Brampton Battalion, a major junior hockey team. The Battalion relocated to North Bay, Ontario in the 2013 off-season after several years of low attendance and struggling financially. On January 23, 2013, the Central Hockey League announced that it had signed a Letter of Intent with the ownership group led by Gregg Rosen, former Kingston Voyageurs owner, and president of KIMCO Steel in Kingston. Minority owner, Cary Kaplan, would serve as the President & General Manager.[1][2] The lease was officially signed and the agreement executed on March 8, 2013.[3][4]

On April 22, the Beast announced that Brampton native and former Fayetteville FireAntz coach, the 2012 SPHL coach of the year, Mark DeSantis would serve as the team's first head coach.[5] DeSantis shortly named former Brampton Battalion player and his former teammate, Brent Hughes as Beast assistant coach.

In June 2013, the Beast announced its first player signed was Brett Smith, the former assistant captain of the Fort Wayne Komets and member of the CHL Championship team in 2011. Cal Wild and Jason Pitton were announced on July 9, 2013. Defenceman Michael Couch and right winger Tylor Michel were signed on August 16, 2013. On August 30, 2013 the Beast added two forwards, former New York Islander Rob Collins and defending SPHL League MVP Josh McQuade.[6] On September 28, 2013, the Beast Mascot "Boomer" was born.

The 2013–14 schedule was released on July 26, 2013 and featured the Beast playing the first CHL game on Canadian soil against the Arizona Sundogs on October 18, 2013. The Beast would finish the season with 15 of their final 19 games at home, more than any other team. On August 22, 2013, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced that the Lightning of the National Hockey League and the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League would affiliate with the Brampton Beast for the 2013–14 season.[7] The Beast retired #7 in honour of the Brampton Beast fans being "the 7th man" during their first home game vs. the Arizona Sundogs.

For the team's second season in 2014, head coach Mark DeSantis was replaced by his assistant Brent Hughes as the team's new head coach and Cal Wild was named the team's second Captain. Key signings included former Toronto Maple Leaf, Phil Oreskovic, former ECHL MVP and OHL scoring leader Tyler Donati, 2013 Beast scoring leader Jason Pitton, perennial point a game player Chad Painchaud, former Battalion players Stephon Thorne and Jason Dale, former Kalamazoo Wings Captain Elgin Reid, Florida Everblades goaltender Trevor Cann. Mike MacIsaac, Grant Rollheiser, Brayden Rose and Andrew Darrigo returned for their second season with the Beast.

On October 7, 2014, not long before the 2014–15 season was set to begin, it was announced that the Central Hockey League had ceased operations. The Beast, along with the Allen Americans, Quad City Mallards, Missouri Mavericks, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder, were all approved for expansion membership into the ECHL for the 2014–15 season.[8][9]

The Beast finished their inaugural ECHL season on April 12, 2015 against the Wheeling Nailers. Captain Cal Wild was awarded the ECHL Community Player of the Year,[10] one year after winning the Central Hockey League's Man of the Year award. Jason Pitton second successful season with the Beast made him the all-time franchise scorer, in addition to a number of other statistical categories (all-time goals, assists, points, shots on goal). Chad Painchaud was recognized as February's ECHL Player of the Month after scoring 17 goals - including three hat-tricks and a four-goal game - in addition to three assists for 20 points during the month.[11] However, the team finished 25th out of 28 teams and would fire head coach Brent Hughes after the end of the season.[12]

On May 5, 2015, the Beast announced Colin Chaulk, former Kalamazoo Wings assistant coach and former long time captain of the Fort Wayne Komets, had been hired as the new head coach for the 2015–16 season.[13]

On May 28, 2015, the Beast announced their affiliation with the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens and the American Hockey League's St. John's IceCaps.[14]

For the 2015–16, the Beast had a number of major signings. Significant among them former NHler and prolific Battalion defenseman Mike Vernace, ECHL Scoring Champion (2014) and CHL MVP (2012) Brandon Marino, top ECHL goal scorer and championship winner Chris Auger. Back in the fold are captain Cal Wild, the league's top rookie scoring defenseman Matthew Maione, and the return of the Beast first season's points per game leader, Scott Howes.

Team name

On January 30, the team officially announced a name-the-team contest,[15] with the final ten names being announced on March 19, 2013.[16] The final two of ten finalists were Brampton Beast and Brampton Bandits, eliminated April 10, 2013. Other options were Arrows (eliminated March 27), Bengals (eliminated March 22), Blizzard (eliminated April 3), North Stars (eliminated April 4), Renegades (eliminated March 28), Smash (eliminated March 21), Vipers (eliminated April 5), and Wolverines (eliminated March 29).

The Brampton Beast name was announced as the winner on April 10. The name was submitted by four fans[17] including Joseph Stephen and his son Alexander. The team logo and colours were released at City Hall in front of 350 fans on Saturday April 27. Team colours are Silver, Black, Red & White.[18]

Season-by-season record

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Standings Playoffs
Central Hockey League
2013–14 66 33 26 7 73 209 226 1000 6th Lost in Quarterfinals, 1–4, vs. Allen Americans[19]
ECHL
2014–15 72 23 46 3 49 181 298 1144 25th Did not qualify

Current roster

Updated November 1, 2015 .[20][21]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
16 Auger, ChrisChris Auger LW L 28 2015 Belleville, Ontario Beast
28 Billingsly, TimTim Billingsly D R 25 2015 Ottawa, Ontario Beast
5 Blain, JeremieJeremie Blain (A) D R 23 2015 Longueuil, Quebec Chicago Wolves
27 Blain, Luc-OlivierLuc-Olivier Blain LW/C L 26 2015 Longueuil, Quebec Beast
28 Brown, JeffJeff Brown RW R 25 2015 Toronto, Ontario Beast
36 Brown, TravisTravis Brown D L 21 2015 Winnipeg, Manitoba St. John's IceCaps
34 Cann, TrevorTrevor Cann G L 26 2014 Oakville, Ontario Beast
13 Howes, ScottScott Howes LW L 28 2015 Toronto, Ontario Beast
3 LeBoeuf, GuyGuy LeBoeuf D L 26 2014 Bedford, Quebec Beast
8 MacMillan, MarkMark MacMillan C L 23 2015 Penticton, British Columbia Montreal Canadiens
6 Maione, MathewMathew Maione D L 25 2014 Toronto, Ontario Beast
22 Marino, BrandonBrandon Marino (A) RW R 29 2015 Riverside, California Beast
25 McCullough, ZachZach McCullough Injured Reserve D L 28 2015 Barrie, Ontario Beast
17 McGregor, BryanBryan McGregor C/RW R 31 2015 Niagara Falls, Ontario Beast
9 Miceli, AngeloAngelo Miceli C L 21 2015 Montreal, Quebec St. John's IceCaps
15 Pither, LukeLuke Pither C L 26 2015 Oshawa, Ontario Beast
29 Pitton, BryanBryan Pitton Injured Reserve G L 27 2015 Brampton, Ontario Beast
77 Thorne, StephonStephon Thorne Injured Reserve LW L 25 2014 Mississauga, Ontario Beast
20 Traccitto, ReggieReggie Traccitto D R 26 2015 Oakville, Ontario Beast
18 Vernace, MichaelMichael Vernace D L 29 2015 Toronto, Ontario Beast
32 Wild, CalinCalin Wild (CInjured Reserve C L 28 2013 Winnipeg, Manitoba Beast
24 Wise, JamieJamie Wise LW L 24 2015 Stouffville, Ontario Beast

Team Franchise Records

  • Games Played (regular season): Jason Pitton 136
  • Goals: Jason Pitton 49
  • Assists: Jason Pitton 51
  • Points: Jason Pitton 100
  • Plus/Minus: Scott Howes +12
  • PIM: Mike MacIsaac 182
  • Shots on Goal: Jason Pitton 382
  • Wins: Grant Rollheiser 23

Single Season Records

  • Games Played: Jason Pitton 70 (14/15)
  • Goals Andrew Fournier 29 (13/14)
  • Assists Jamie Vanderveeken 38 (13/14)
  • Points Jason Pitton 55 (13/14)
  • Plus/Minus Scott Howes +12 (13/14)
  • PIM: Tyler Michel 134 (13/14)
  • Points Per Game Scott Howes 1.25 (45 points in 36 games 13/14)
  • Most Points (D) Matthew Maione 43 (14/15)
  • Wins Kris Westblom 18 (13/14)
  • Goals Against Kris Westblom 3.22 (13/14)
  • Save Percentage Grant Rollheiser 0.906 (13/14)

Retired Numbers

7 - Fans (In honour of the Fans of Brampton - being the "7th Man").

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External links

  • Brampton Beast official website
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