BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, are proud to announce the signing 2012 Kelly Cup champion and Florida Everblades leading scorer, Brandon MacLean.
The 28-year-old Burlington, Ontario native is coming off an impressive point-per-game season in Germany’s DEL2 league. As a star forward for the Ravensburg Towerstars, the 6’0” centre scored 22 goals and added 26 assists for 48 points in just 46 games played in one of Europe’s top professional hockey leagues.
Prior to heading overseas, MacLean spent parts of two seasons in the American Hockey League with the St. John’s IceCaps and Rochester Americans. Between the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, MacLean appeared in 47 AHL contests and recorded one goals, two assists and 14 penalty minutes.
MacLean made a name for himself as a scoring machine in the ECHL as a member of the Florida Everblades. He spent three seasons with the Everblades between the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons. In 108 ECHL games, all with the Everblades, MacLean has put up huge numbers, including 31 goals and 63 assists for 94 points.
He led his squad in scoring during the 2013-14 campaign, scoring 22 goals and adding 41 assists for 63 points. His point total was good for a share of ninth place in ECHL scoring.
Serving as the Everblades’ assistant captain in 2012-13 and 2013-14, he reached the peak of ECHL hockey in the 2011-12 postseason. MacLean was a consistent point producer throughout his 18 playoff games, recording 13 points in the process. He proved to be most valuable during the 2012 Kelly Cup Final, where he scored the championship-clinching goal in overtime against the Las Vegas Wranglers on May 23, 2012.
Now a member of the Brampton Beast, MacLean is excited to return home to Southern Ontario to help the Beast claim their first Kelly Cup in franchise history.
“I’m really excited,” he said of the upcoming season. “I’m excited to hop on the QEW and 403 to drive here for my first game and have friends and family in the rink. We have some great players that we have already signed and I’m sure there will be a lot more to come.”
Beast Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Chaulk is well aware of MacLean’s impressive hockey resume and is excited to see him in a Beast uniform for the upcoming season.
“We are excited to have that kind of competitor on our team,” Chaulk said. “He’s a workhorse. He had an exceptional run in Florida where he led the team in scoring and helped them win a championship while he was there.”
Prior to playing professional hockey, MacLean had a successful run in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He appeared in 246 OHL games between the 2004-05 and 2007-08 seasons and recorded 111 points. He served as his team’s captain during his final year of junior in 2007-08 and put up the best numbers of his junior career, scoring 21 goals and chipping in with 31 assists.
Following his OHL career, he moved to the university ranks where he starred for the Carleton Ravens for four full seasons from 2008 to 2012. He once again proved his leadership in being named team captain for his final season in 2011-12 and recorded an incredible year, playing in 28 games and lighting the lamp 12 times while adding 28 helpers for 40 points.
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