Brampton Beast

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Brampton Beast
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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 Unaffiliated
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. 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.

History[edit]

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 attendence 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 Goalkeeper 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, had been hired as the new head coach for the 2015–16 season.[13]

Team name[edit]

On January 30, the team officially announced a name-the-team contest,[14] with the final ten names being announced on March 19, 2013.[15] 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[16] 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.[17]

Season-by-season record[edit]

League 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 Quarterfinal, 1–4, vs. Allen Americans[18]
ECHL
2014-15 72 23 46 3 49 181 298 1144 25th Did not qualify

Current roster[edit]

Updated January 8, 2015.[19]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
4 Canada Thrower, DaltonDalton Thrower D R 21 2014 Vancouver, British Columbia Montreal Canadiens
5 Canada LeBoeuf, GuyGuy LeBoeuf D L 25 2014 Bedford, Quebec Beast
6 Canada Maione, MathewMathew Maione D L 24 2014 Toronto, Ontario Beast
9 Canada Rose, BraydenBrayden Rose D R 22 2014 Richmond Hill, Ontario Beast
10 Canada Painchaud, ChadChad Painchaud (A) RW R 28 2014 Mississauga, Ontario Beast
11 Canada McCready, MattMatt McCready D R 27 2014 Kingsville, Ontario Beast
12 Canada Ling, DavidDavid Ling C/RW R 40 2014 Halifax, Nova Scotia Beast
14 Canada MacIsaac, MikeMike MacIsaac LW R 27 2013 O'Leary, Prince Edward Island Beast
15 Canada Ekelman, DustinDustin Ekelman LW L 26 2014 Whitby, Ontario Beast
16 Canada Donati, JustinJustin Donati C R 28 2014 Oakville, Ontario Beast
17 Canada Pitton, JasonJason Pitton (A) LW L 28 2013 Brampton, Ontario Beast
18 Canada Willmott, DeanDean Willmott D R 25 2015 Toronto, Ontario Beast
19 Canada Donati, TylerTyler Donati RW L 28 2014 Oakville, Ontario Beast
19 Canada Devlin, BrandonBrandon Devlin D L 21 2015 Brampton, Ontario Beast
21 Canada Dale, JasonJason Dale RW R 26 2014 Pickering, Ontario Beast
22 Canada Lyon, BrettBrett Lyon F L 24 2015 Grand Forks, BC Beast
24 Canada Chapman, AdamAdam Chapman F L 21 2015 Barrie, Ontario Beast
25 Canada Lewis, JamieJamie Lewis F L 20 2015 Richmond Hill, Ontario Beast
26 Canada Corbin, AntoineAntoine Corbin D R 22 2014 Granby, Quebec Beast
27 Canada Hughes, BobbyBobby Hughes F L 27 2014 Brampton, Ontario Beast
28 Canada Brown, JeffJeff Brown RW L 25 2015 Toronto, Ontario Beast
31 Canada DeMelo, RyanRyan DeMelo G L 24 2015 Brampton, Ontario Beast
32 Canada Wild, CalinCalin Wild (C) C L 28 2013 Winnipeg, Manitoba Beast
34 Canada Cann, TrevorTrevor Cann G L 26 2014 Oakville, Ontario Beast
34 Canada Van Buskirk, ParkerParker Van Buskirk G L 27 2015 Windsor, Ontario Beast
77 Canada Thorne, StephonStephon Thorne LW L 25 2014 Mississauga, Ontario Beast

Team Franchise Records[edit]

  • 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

Retired Numbers[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Central Hockey League Reaches Agreement with Brampton, Ontario". Central Hockey League. January 23, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Inscoe, Robin (January 30, 2013). "Central Hockey League team moving forward". Brampton Guardian. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Central Hockey League Finalizes Agreement with Brampton, Ontario". Central Hockey League. March 8, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Inscoe, Robin (March 8, 2013). "It's official! Central Hockey League team for Brampton". Brampton Guardian. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Beast names new coach". Brampton Guardian. 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  6. ^ Inscoe, Robin (30 August 2013). "Beast roster taking shape". Brampton Guardian. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "LIGHTNING ENTER INTO AFFILIATION AGREEMENT WITH THE CHL'S BRAMPTON BEAST". Tampa Bay Lightning. August 22, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "CHL Clubs Join ECHL for 2014-15 Season". Central Hockey League. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "ECHL Accepts Seven Members". ECHL. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Cal Wild Community Service Player of the Year". Brampton Beast. 2015-04-10. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  11. ^ "Painchaud Named ECHL Player of the Month". Brampton Beast. 2015-03-04. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  12. ^ "Brampton Beast Relieve Head Coach Brent Hughes of His Duties". Brampton Beast. April 13, 2015. 
  13. ^ "BRAMPTON NAMES COLIN CHAULK AS HEAD COACH". ECHL. May 5, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Name the Team contest". Brampton Guardian. January 30, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Name the team". Brampton Guardian. March 19, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  16. ^ Inscoe, Robin (April 10, 2013). "'Beast' about to be unleashed". Brampton Guardian. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Brampton Beast creating a buzz". Brampton Guardian. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "2012-13 Central Hockey League Playoff Results". HockeyDB.com. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Beast Roster". Retrieved 2015-01-08. 

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