02/19/2016 12:05 PM
BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, announce today that defenceman Mac Bennett has been reassigned to the Beast from the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League.
The 24 year-old will be making his ECHL debut with the Beast after two seasons of professional hockey in the AHL. From 2014 to 2015, Bennett played for the now-defunct Hamilton Bulldogs and the St. John’s IceCaps where he notched a combined 15 points in 88 games.
A native of Narragansett, Rhode Island, Bennett was drafted 79th overall in the third round of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.
In his freshman year with the University of Michigan (2010-11), the team went on to be the regular season champions of the NCAA. In the four seasons he played in the NCAA with the University of Michigan (from 2010-14), Bennett put up an exceptional 65 points (14G, 51A) in 136 career games in the NCAA.
Bennett had the honour of leading the team as the Assistant Captain in the 2012-13 season and became the team’s captain in his final season of college hockey in 2014-15. His impressive play as a defender made him a competitor on the NCAA Second All-Star team in the 2013-14 season.
In a separate transaction, Beast defenceman and Assistant Captain, Mike Vernace has signed a contract with the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League.
In 43 games played with the Beast, the experienced blueliner is tied for second in points on the team with 28 (4G, 24A). Vernace has played in all but five games this season with the Beast and is amongst the league leaders in points by a defender and leads the team in penalty minutes with 85.
No stranger to the American Hockey League, Vernace has accumulated 152 points in 438 games played with various clubs across the AHL.
The Beast also announce that goaltender Drew Fielding has been traded back to his previous home with the Adirondack Thunder.
Fielding started the 2015-2016 season with the Thunder, and suited up for seven games and posted a stellar 1.46 goals against average and a .950% save percentage with two shutouts.
During his short-lived career with Brampton he recorded one win, a goals against average of 3.18 and a save percentage of .880%.
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The Beast are back in action tonight, Friday, February 19 at 7:15 PM as they host their division rivals, the Wheeling Nailers. 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.