Photo By: Paul Jackow / Brampton Beast
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, announce today that the club has acquired forwards Ray Kaunisto and Matt Syroczynski ahead of this tonight’s game against the Atlanta Gladiators.
Kaunisto, cousin of current Beast skater Steven Kaunisto, is a 28-year-old Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan native who played four seasons in the NCAA with Northern Michigan University. Between the 2006-07 and 2009-10 seasons, Kaunisto suited up for 161 NCAA games and collected 19 goals and 42 assists for 61 points.
A versatile left-winger, Kaunisto then graduated to the professional ranks where he played 160 games in the American Hockey League for five different teams between 2010-11 and 2013-14, including the Manchester Monarchs, St. John’s IceCaps, Syracuse Crunch, Lake Erie Monsters and Utica Comets. To date, he has recorded 17 goals and 23 assists in the AHL.
Also no stranger to the ECHL, Kaunisto has also appeared in 144 ECHL games with the Colorado Eagles, Kalamazoo Wings and Florida Everblades and amassed 19 goals and 42 assists.
The Beast have also signed forward Matt Syroczynski to a Standard Player Contract.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native has already appeared in one game for the Beast this season, picking up two penalty minutes in a 5-1 loss to the Florida Everblades on January 15.
An ECHL veteran of over 130 games, he won a Kelly Cup championship with the Cincinnati Cyclones in 2007-08 after a stellar 30-goal, 20-assist season.
During his 2009-10 season with the Fort Wayne Komets, then of the IHL, he earned the Bud Poile Trophy as playoff MVP, helping the Komets to an IHL championship with a fantastic playoff run, which included scoring 11 goals in 12 games.
Yesterday, the Beast signed former University of Regina assistant captain and current Southern Professional Hockey League rookie Tyler Henry. The 26-year-old winger from Balgonie, Saskatchewan has 10 points (6G, 4A) in 21 games this season with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the SPHL.
The winger played the last four seasons in the CIS with the University of Regina. Between 2011-12 and 2014-15 seasons, Henry has tallied 21 goals and 36 assists for a total of 57 points in 92 games played. In both the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons with the University of Regina, Henry wore an ‘A’ on his sweater as the club’s assistant captain.
The Beast are in Georgia tonight to face the Atlanta Gladiators on Saturday, February 6 at 7:05 PM. The Beast will then head back to Brampton to host the Toledo Walleye on Friday, February 12 at 7:15 PM. Single game tickets are now available, starting at $16.25. For more information or general media inquiries on the Brampton Beast please contact Chris Ballard, Public Relations Coordinator at (905) 564-1684 or email@example.com.