BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, are proud to announce that standout defenseman and the club’s 2016-17 Rookie of the Year Willie Corrin has signed a Standard Player Contract to return to the Beast for the 2017-18 season.
Corrin, a 26-year-old International Falls, Minnesota native, was one of the Beast’s top defensemen a season ago, scoring ten goals and adding 16 assists for 26 points in just 40 games with the Beast.
Even with a small sample size of games played last season, the 6’1” lefty made the most of his time with the Beast. Corrin caught fire late in the calendar year of 2016 and recorded a rare four-game goal-scoring streak, starting on December 23, 2016 and ending on January 1, 2017.
Responsible at both ends of the ice, Corrin recorded a stellar +12 rating in his 40 games with the Beast but also proved himself to be a clutch offensive performer as well. Corrin netted two game-winning goals in 2016-17, including a huge overtime winner against the Kalamazoo Wings on January 13, 2017. His two game-winners tied him with Jordan Henry for the most among Beast defensemen.
His eye-opening offensive numbers more than held their own compared to the rest of the ECHL. His ten goals scored put him in a tie for sixth in ECHL rookie defense scoring and his 26 points place him among the top 20 rookie rearguards.
Since graduating from the University of Minnesota-Duluth following the 2015-16 season, Corrin also appeared in eight games with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies and another three games with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears but believes his best chance at a championship is right here in Brampton.
“I’m excited to come back,” Corrin said.
“Last year, I had a lot of fun playing with the Beast with the guys we had here. We came up a little bit short but just getting a little taste of that glory made me want to come back. I want to continue to get better and continue to help the team in any way I can.”
Corrin’s combination of skill, work ethic and dedication caught the eye of Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk and made it easy for the bench boss to bring him back for another shot at a Kelly Cup title.
“Willie had an excellent season as a rookie,” Chaulk said.
“We’re lucky to have him back. He came in last season and started on our third pair and worked his way onto our top pair. He’s someone who plays in all situations and works hard. He really fits as the type of person and player we’re looking to have here in Brampton.”