06/30/2016 10:25 AM
Photo By: Paul Jackow / Brampton Beast
With coaches, roaring fans, and a variety of special guests on hand, on May 28, 2015, the Beast announced they would become the ECHL affiliate of the most iconic franchise in the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens, marking one of the most significant moments in Brampton sports history.
The monumental unveiling included a laser show, along with a special video message from Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin.
The Brampton Beast continued to grow the relationship with our affiliates as the 2015-16 season went on and helped develop prospects for the Canadiens as well as their AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps.
"Montreal is the most iconic franchise in the NHL," said Beast president and general manager Cary Kaplan in a statement in May 2015. "They have also shown a virtually unparalleled commitment to development from within. We are confident that partnering with Montreal and St. John's will be instrumental to our own on-ice success, and will also add another level of credibility to the Beast brand."
The 2015-16 season was a great one for Canadiens prospects in Brampton. A total of 12 players played for both the IceCaps and the Beast. That equalled a total of 342 games played in the American Hockey League by Beast skaters.
Mark MacMillan led the way for the group of Beast prospects who spent time in both the ECHL and AHL, suiting up for 62 American Hockey League games, recording six goals and 11 assists in the process.
Those 12 Beast players helped the IceCaps record 32 wins during the 2015-2016 season.
While the majority of the 12 players were indeed property of the IceCaps and Canadiens, the Beast proved their ability to develop prospects as Luke Pither and Luc-Olivier Blain each earned professional tryout contracts with the IceCaps throughout the season.
The affiliation agreement for the 2015-16 was a great success for the Beast, the IceCaps and Canadiens alike. So much so that the Beast and Canadiens renewed their agreement through the end of the upcoming 2016-17 season, continuing what has already been a valuable partnership.
‘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 #3 moment of the season, today’s Feature Item is a game-used puck used by Luke Pither to score a goal during the 2015-16 season and is available for only $20.
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The Brampton Beast will be bringing their exciting brand of ECHL hockey back to the Powerade Centre this fall. Don’t miss a minute of the action! 2016-17 Memberships are now available, starting at $34.78 plus HST per month.
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