The Brampton Beast are pleased to announce the return of former Brampton Battalion captain and last year’s Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Thorne to the 2015-2016 Beast roster.
“Being a part of this organization in Brampton means a lot to me,” said Thorne. “Being close to home, being a minute away from my parents who are able to come and watch me play, it means everything. It’s great to be back and I couldn’t be more excited for October.”
Thorne will suit up for his second season as a member of the Beast after logging eight goals, 13 points and 123 penalty minutes for the team last year. The Mississauga native also took over the role of protecting his teammates on the ice by leading the Beast with 13 fighting majors in 61 games.
Prior to turning pro, Thorne played three seasons with the Brampton Battalion and was named team captain in 2010-11. His first professional season came the following year with the Fort Wayne Komets, where he helped win the Ray Miron’s Cup of the Central Hockey League alongside current Beast Head Coach (and then-Captain of the Komets) Colin Chaulk.
“Thorne is a guy that plays both ends of the rink, and does things the right way,” said Chaulk of the signing. “We played a season and a half together, and won a championship together. He can fight, he can chip the puck out, and overall he plays a role that is extremely important to the team’s success.”
“I just go out there and play my game. It’s who I am,” said Thorne. “I want to be a two-way player and put up a little bit more offense, but no matter what you’ll see me protecting my teammates. I want to help those guys as much as I can, whether it’s going out there and fighting, hitting a guy or blocking a shot, that’s my game and that’s what I’m going to bring every night.“
Catch Thorne around the Powerade Centre and out at our community events in the Peel region this summer! The organization looks forward to continuing to connect with their ever growing fan-base and beginning a successful third year this coming fall.
For media inquiries or questions, please contact Jacob Hall, Communications Coordinator at (905) 564-1684 ext. 210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.