BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, announce today that young gun Mitch Zion, who made his professional debut with the Beast in March 2016, will return to the Beast to play his first full season of professional hockey in 2016-17.
Zion, a native of Manotick, Ontario, appeared in nine games as a member of the Beast during the 2015-16 ECHL season and performed admirably in his short stay in Brampton, recording one goal and four assists for five points.
He picked up his first professional goal as a member of the Beast, a game-winner, in the club’s penultimate game of the 2015-16 season, deflecting a shot behind goaltender Shane Owen in the Beast’s 2-1 victory over the Elmira Jackals at the Powerade Centre on April 8, 2016.
Prior to joining the Beast, Zion was among the leading scorers on the Carleton University Ravens in Canadian Interuniversity Sport play. The 5’10” centre suited up for 28 CIS contests with the Ravens and scored six goals while chipping in with 15 helpers for a total of 21 points.
In 72 career CIS games, the swift Zion has recorded 20 goals and 32 assists obtained between the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons.
The 24-year-old says he learned a lot during his short stint with the Beast last season and is looking forward to putting that newfound knowledge to work for the Beast this season.
“I’m super excited to be back in Brampton,” Zion said. “I’m really looking forward to my first full season of pro. Last season was a great opportunity to get my foot in the door. I know playing a full season will be a lot different than a condensed two weeks at the end of last season. I’m excited to get going. It should be a lot of fun.”
Beast Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Chaulk admits he grew to like Zion’s style of play rather quickly at the end of the 2015-16 season and is excited to see what the young player can achieve in his first full season of professional hockey.
“Mitch Zion came in at the end of the year from Carleton,” Chaulk explained. “He definitely brought in a lot of compete. He’s very coachable, he’s willing to work and he is excited to be playing in Brampton.
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