BRAMPTON, ONTARIO - The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, announce today that NCAA Division I graduate and high-end talent Patrick Megannety has signed a Standard Player Contract with the Beast and is set to play his first full season of professional hockey in Brampton.
Megannety, 23, just finished his final season with Clarkson in the NCAA in 2015-16 and immediately made the jump to pro, appearing in eight contests with the Brampton Beast.
He finished his first sliver of pro experience with one goal in his eight games played. His lone goal, his first as a professional, came on March 26, 2016, as he beat Elmira Jackals goaltender Shane Owen at 14:19 of the first period to help the Beast shade the Jackals by a score of 3-1.
Prior to joining the Beast at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, Megannety spent four years at Clarkson University, appearing in a total of 142 NCAA games between the 2012-13 and 2015-16 seasons. Throughout his tenure at the highest level of U.S. college hockey, the Oakville, Ontario native recorded 22 goals and 35 assists with 34 penalty minutes.
Megannety loved his time in Brampton last season and is excited to return for his first full season of professional hockey with the Beast this fall.
“I really liked what the coaching staff told me and what their direction for the team will be for the upcoming season,” Megannety said. “I am really excited for the opportunity to come back and play for a strong team. I can’t wait. I think we’re building something pretty cool. It’s going to be a great season with a lot of wins hopefully.”
Before starting his college career, Megannety was a star forward for the Georgetown Raiders in the Ontario Junior A Hockey League for parts of three seasons from 2009-10 to 2011-12. The 5’11” forward appeared in 91 games for the Raiders and proved he is a force to be reckoned with, lighting the lamp 41 times and chipping in with another 41 assists.
His best season of junior hockey came in the 2011-12 season while wearing an ‘A’ with the Raiders, scoring 26 goals and assisting on 20 more, all in just 46 games played.
Beast Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Chaulk liked what he saw out of the young forward last season and believes he cam blossom in his first full season of professional hockey.
“Patrick came in from Clarkson at the end of last season and performed well,” Chaulk said. “We believe he can provide more offense than he did in college. He has a good quick release and is willing to go to the hard areas.”
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