07/24/2015 11:07 AM
BRAMPTON, ON – The third annual Brampton Beast free agent camp kicks off today at 6PM at the Powerade Centre and is open to the public. The camp plans to see over 80 players with different hockey backgrounds representing four countries including Japan and Sweden, five Canadian provinces and seven US states.
“I believe we are in a unique situation. With our location in Brampton, a hockey hot bed, we believe we’re going to have a very competitive camp with a lot of skill and hockey IQ,” said Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk when asked about his initial thoughts going into today’s camp.
A few familiar faces will be attending this weekend’s camp including ex-Battalion and ex-Beast forward Thomas Stajan. The Mississauga native joined the Beast in February of the 2013-14 season where he played 13 games and had 4 assists. Also attending will be Ryerson University Alumni and ex-Beast Dean Willmott, who was added to the Beast roster in February last season. The 6’3” 210 pound stay at home defenseman played 21 games in a Beast uniform. Grandson of former NHL-All Star, Hall of Famer and Stanley Cup winner Andrew James Bathgate, Andy Bathgate Jr., will be suiting up and hitting the ice this weekend. The Brampton native and NHL Pittsburg Penguins fifth round draft pick had three points in a six game stint with the Beast last December.
“With a limited number of training camp spots available, I’m unable to give spots to everybody,” said Chaulk. “The free agent camp allows us to see the players first hand and the ones that stand out will be invited to main camp in October.”
Last season’s free agent camp attendees, Dalton McGrath and Tyler MacPherson, were invited to training camp and were included on the roster for the 2014-15 home opener. In March, McGrath saw his first professional hockey game against the Tulsa Oilers in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Some spotlight players to watch for this camp include:
Andrew is the younger brother of recent signing Scott Howes. Andrew started his professional hockey career with the Pensacola Ice Flyers (SPHL) in 2011 where he played 22 games and had 16 points.
Belding is a 6’3” 220 pound centreman from Orleans, Ontario.Belding played with the Mississauga Steelheads in 13-14 and was second in the league with 17 fights that year.
Kuroiwa is a goalie who currently resides in Sapporo, Japan will be between the pipes this camp. The 21 year old, attended the Hartford Wolfpack (AHL) training camp last October and inspires to be a goalie in the NHL one day.
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Melin is 6’2” 200 pound forward, will be flying in from Sweden for the Beast free agent camp. Melin has played with in the Dallas Snipers (WSHL) in 2013-14 season and with the Grey Highlands Bravehearts of the GMHL last season.
Fans are welcome to watch the free agent camp that will take place on the Tire World Rink throughout the weekend. The schedule for the free agent camp is as follows:
Friday, July 24 from 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Saturday, July 25 from 10:30AM – 2:40PM and 4:00PM to 7:00PM
Sunday, July 26 – 10:00AM – 2:00PM
For more information or media inquiries, please contact the Beast office at 905-564-1684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.