10/31/2014 10:31 AM
BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast announced today the signing of 23-year-old defenseman Mathew Maione.
Maione played four years of CIS hockey with the University of Prince Edward Island, suiting up for all 112 games his team played during that stretch, before beginning his professional debut with the Fort Wayne Koments last spring. During his university hockey career, Maione tallied 65 points (9 goals, 56 assists) in 112 games to go along with 102 penalty minutes and a +24 rating. In 11 regular-season ECHL games, Maione scored 3 points and added 4 PIM, in addition to 4 points and 15 PIM in 11 playoff contests.
“Maione is a young defenseman, but he got some games in last year with Fort Wayne,” said Beast head coach Brent Hughes of the signing. “He’s a puck-moving defenseman who can skate, and he plays physical, so it adds a little bit more speed to our back end. We’ve had a good week of practice so I’m happy with the team we have right now.”
Prior to beginning his university hockey career, the 5’ 10” 192-pound native of Toronto, Ontario spent three years in the OHL with the Niagara IceDogs and the Guelph Storm. His breakout junior season came in 2008-2009, where he scored 23 points including 19 assists in 53 games.
In 2013 Maione represented both the University of PEI and Atlantic University Sports in the International University Sports Federation Games in Italy, where the young blueliner scored the game-winning goal for Team Canada in the tournament final to defeat Kazakhstan 6-2 and bring home the gold medal.
In other news, the Beast have announced that 21-year-old defenseman Tyler Macpherson has been released by the team. The Beast will make their first road trip of the season this weekend when they travel to Elmira, New York to take on the Jackals for a two game series. Game one is tonight at 7:05 pm/EST while game two will be tomorrow at 7:05 pm/EST. Fans can listen to both games for free online at 4cornersradio.ca/listen-live/
The next home series starts at 7:00 pm on Thursday November 6 when the Beast welcome the Quad City Mallards to town. The Beast saddle up for the second game of the series when they bring country night to the Powerade Centre for an evening of prizes, giveaways and country music. On Sunday, the Beast will take to the ice in their specialty Remembrance Day jerseys, which will be auctioned off live following the game.