BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, are proud to announce that versatile and skilled defenseman Reggie Traccitto will be returning for his third season in Brampton after having signed a Standard Player Contract (SPC) for the 2017-18 ECHL season.
Traccitto, 28, has emerged as one of the ECHL’s premier threats on the blue line. Last season, he set mew professional highs in games played (66), assists (21) and points (26).
The six-foot righty took his game to the next level during the Beast’s inaugural Kelly Cup Playoff run and added another two goals and four assists in just nine games played, good four a tie for fourth place in team playoff scoring.
Traccitto has been a consistent two-way threat since joining the ECHL in the 2015-16 campaign. To date, he has suited up for 127 total regular season contests with the Beast and the Allen Americans, scoring 13 goals and adding 30 assists for 43 points.
A native of Oakville, Ontario, Traccitto also has some American Hockey League experience under his belt. He appeared in two games for the Toronto Marlies in the 2014-15 season and last season earned himself a professional tryout contract (PTO) with the St. John’s IceCaps.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Traccitto enjoyed a stellar run in junior in the Ontario Hockey League and appeared in 190 OHL contests with the London Knights and Niagara IceDogs between the 2005-06 and 2009-10 seasons, scoring 27 goals while adding 38 assists for 65 points.
He was a standout at the University of Prince Edward Island for the next five seasons from 2010-11 to 2014-15 and appeared in 120 USports contests, racking up 37 goals and 60 helpers for 97 points, helping him to a pair of First All-Star Team nominations in his Atlantic University Sport conference in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.
A reliable scorer and defender, Traccitto is excited to build upon the team’s success from last season’s Kelly Cup Playoffs and believes that success in the ECHL will translate to further success for both himself and the team.
“I’m very excited to come back,” Traccitto said.
“Every year, the crowds in Brampton seem to get bigger and bigger. It never hurts to play in front of the hometown crowd and feed off their energy. Hopefully I can earn another callup and get a few more games in the AHL. I feel like we will have a good team again. I feel like we can make another push for the playoffs. Hopefully we can continue to push further.”
Traccitto has left a positive impression on Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk over the course of the last two seasons because of his commitment and passion for the team and is happy to lock him up for another season.
“Traccitto is someone who has been committed to the Beast for three seasons now,” Chaulk said. “He’s a big signing because he can play in all situations. We’re excited to have someone who can play such a valuable role on the back end.”