There wasn’t a dry eye in the house at the Powerade Centre on November 22, 2015 as the Beast hosted the Fort Wayne Komets.
This game marked a special moment for Beast fans and players alike as they paid tribute to their longtime captain and all-around great person Cal Wild, who announced his retirement from professional hockey during a pre-game ceremony.
Prior to the start of the game, Wild donned a Beast jersey one last time and took his final strides while saluting the fans at the Powerade Centre, who took to their feet to show their appreciation and gratitude for everything he has done, not just in hockey but as a community leader in the city of Brampton.
Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan said it best when it comes to Wild’s involvement with the Beast.
“Quite simply, Cal has been the face of the Brampton Beast since our inception,” Kaplan said in a statement in November. “His work ethic on the ice, his leadership in the dressing room, and his unparalleled charitable and community involvement have been beyond compare.”
Wild did it all during his three-year stint with the Beast from 2013-14 to 2015-16. He started with the club during the inaugural 2013-14 season in the Central Hockey League. He lit the lamp 17 times during that first year with the Beast and was named captain of the squad the very next season, the team’s first in the ECHL, in 2014-15.
While he was certainly an impact player on the ice, he really left his mark in the community. At the beginning of the 2013-14 season, Wild started ‘Cal’s Pals’, a community outreach program designed to create awareness and enhance the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Wild’s work with a variety of community groups not only made him a hit around Brampton but he earned the respect from his peers across the CHL and ECHL, culminating in him winning the CHL Man of the Year award in 2013-14 and one year later, winning the equivalent award, the ECHL Community Service Award, the very next season.
Wild’s departure didn’t spell the end of his time with the Beast. He joined the club in a different capacity, assuming the role of Community Ambassador immediately following his retirement, which allowed him to continue his superlative work in the community.
His Beast teammates rallied around their captain and sent him into retirement in the best way possible: by earning a big win. Luc-Olivier Blain and Brandon Marino each lit the lamp for the Beast while goaltender Eddie Pasquale earned a stellar 28-save shutout as the Beast defeated the high-flying Fort Wayne Komets 2-0.
‘Beast Authentics’ is a one-of-a-kind game-used memorabilia program designed to offer fans the opportunity to own a piece of Beast history in the form of a variety of exciting game-used artifacts, including goal-scored pucks, game-worn jerseys and more.
The commemorate the Beast’s Number 5 moment of the season, today’s Feature Item is a game-used puck used by Brandon Marino to score a goal during Wild’s final game on November 22 and is available for only $20.
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