In the weeks leading up to the 2017-18 ECHL season, keep your eyes peeled on BramptonBeast.com as the Beast take you on a trip down memory lane and count down the Top 10 Moments of the 2016-17 Season, presented by Beast Authentics.
Every week, the Beast will recap one of the season’s most memorable moments, including an in-depth video hosted by the Beast’s in-game host, Nikki Jeffrey. Each week, the Beast will also be listing specially-selected official game-worn items on the team’s official eBay page, giving you the opportunity to own a piece of each incredible moment.
Top 10 Moments of the 2016-17 Season - #10 – The Lil B Blessing
The 2016-17 ECHL season was one to remember for the Brampton Beast and their fans, as countless individual and team records were broken en route to what can unequivocally be called the greatest season in franchise history.
But it all would have been for naught if it wasn’t for a timely tweet from a clairvoyant rap star.
Brandon Christopher McCartney, also known as Lil B, “The BasedGod”, is a multi-talented rapper, record producer, author and motivational speaker based out of Berkeley, California.
Lil B is not only known as a pioneer in hip-hop music, he has proven to possess the enchanted ability to bestow success upon professional sports franchises by offering up his ‘blessing’.
Mr. B’s success rate is uncanny; as he is credited for the success of Canada’s own Toronto Blue Jays ahead of their momentous win over the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the ALDS in October 2015, among other large scale successes in professional sport.
Just ahead of the 2016-17 ECHL season, on Monday, August 22, The BasedGod decided to extend his reach in professional sport to the ECHL for the first time ever, and chose to ‘bless’ the Brampton Beast ahead of their third ECHL season.
And the rest, as they say, is history as the Beast lived up to Lil B’s blessing as they set new club records for wins (40) and points (88), as well as several individual marks, including goals in a season (41 by David Pacan), points in a season (83 by David Vallorani) and career points as a member of the Beast (Brandon Marino with 113), just to name a few.
For the first time in franchise history, the club not only qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs, but won its first ever playoff series and made it to the North Division Finals before bowing out to the Manchester Monarchs in six games.
The blessing not only caught the attention of the Beast staff and players but the country as a whole. The message went viral and earned national media attention, including articles posted on The Score and TSN.
All in all, the Beast certainly worked hard to earn their fantastic results this past season, but we like to think that the blessing from Lil B helped ignite the Beast and help them to their best season ever.
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