08/10/2016 10:51 AM
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, are pleased to announce that a pair of high-scoring, high-energy forwards, David Pacan and David Vallorani, have signed with the club for the upcoming 2016-17 ECHL season.
David Pacan joins the Beast from the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays, where he enjoyed his most productive season as a professional. Last season, the towering 6’3” power forward scored 20 goals and chipped in with 42 assists for 62 points to lead the Stingrays in scoring.
A sixth round selection by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, he has appeared in 253 ECHL games to date between the Stingrays, Cincinnati Cyclones and Kalamazoo Wings and has always been a dominant force, scoring 58 goals and adding 141 assists, while compiling a career +45 rating from 2012 to 2016.
While Pacan is indeed an imposing power forward who boasts an impressive combination of speed, grit and size, he is also a great playmaker. Last season, his 42 assists were the eighth most in the entire ECHL.
He also knows how to score and isn’t afraid to do so in bunches. Pacan posted one of the longest goal-scoring streaks in the ECHL last season, lighting the lamp in five consecutive games from January 16 to 29, 2016, recording an impressive eight points in the process.
His consistent two-way play has earned him several stints in the American Hockey League. The 25-year-old Ottawa, Ontario native has appeared in 20 AHL games with the San Antonio Rampage, Utica Comets and Norfolk Admirals throughout his professional career, where he compiled one goal and two assists with 15 penalty minutes.
Pacan entered the ECHL in the 2012-13 season and quickly made an impact in the professional ranks. As a member of the Cincinnati Cyclones, Pacan dominated the league right away, scoring 14 goals and adding 38 assists for 52 points in 57 games played. Pacan’s strong play earned him a spot on the 2012-13 ECHL All-Rookie Team after his successful inaugural season in pro hockey.
Before making the jump to the professional ranks, Pacan spent two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Niagara IceDogs from 2010-11 to 2012-13, where he was a threat at both ends of the ice. He played a total of 133 games in the ‘O’, compiling impressive totals, including 49 goals and 77 assists for 126 points.
Pacan feels he is just now hitting the prime of his career as a professional hockey player and is excited to not only be in Brampton but to be reunited with Coach Chaulk.
“I’m really excited to come to Brampton,” Pacan said. Colin Chaulk was the Assistant Coach during my time in Kalamazoo and was a huge part in my decision-making. I respect him as a coach and as a person and I know he is going to do great things with the team this year. I used to play in Brampton when I played (in the OHL) with Niagara. I always loved playing in Brampton. It was always a great town to be in. I know it’s going to be a really great year for us.”
Pacan’s unique skillset makes him a special player in the ECHL and Beast Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Chaulk is excited to have a player like him in the Beast lineup.
“David Pacan does it all,” Chaulk said. “He’s a 6’3” centre with a right shot. He can play on the wing, he can kill penalties and play on your power play. He’s someone with American Hockey League experience and someone who had wanted to be in Brampton for two years now and that makes it even more exciting to acquire him.”
Vallorani, 27, returns to the ECHL after spending the last two seasons playing in some of the top hockey leagues in Europe. During the 2015-16 season, Vallorani starred for Starbulls Rosenheim in Germany’s DEL2 league. In just 46 games played, the shifty 5’8” forward lit the lamp 21 times and added another 20 helpers for 41 points.
One year prior, Vallorani torched his opponents as a member of Milano Rossoblu in Serie A, the top professional league in Italy. In 34 games played, the Hamilton, Ontario native scored an impressive 31 goals and assisted on 34 others, en route to a 65-point season.
Vallorani was no slouch at the ECHL level either. He joined the professional ranks as a member of the Reading Royals during the 2012-13 ECHL season and hit the ground running, scoring 17 goals and adding 42 assists for 59 points and a spot on the ECHL’s All-Rookie Team. Not to mention, he helped his squad to win the Kelly Cup in his first season in the league.
In his second year in the ECHL in 2013-14, this time as a member of the Utah Grizzlies, Vallorani took a big step forward. He led the Grizzlies in all major statistical categories, including goals (24), assists (35) and points (59) in 69 games played.
As a NCAA collegian with the University of Massachusetts Lowell from 2008 to 2012, Vallorani was a standout. In 149 NCAA games played, the gifted forward picked up 40 goals and 74 assists.
Vallorani hasn’t played at home in Canada in quite some time and is excited to do so as a member of the Beast this season.
“This is my fifth year playing professional hockey,” Vallorani said. “I wanted to experience what it’s like to play at home and have family and friends be able to come and watch. I’m really excited for the season to come.”
Beast Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Chaulk thinks highly of the young forward and hopes this season will be the first of many successful years in Brampton.
“David Vallorani is a very explosive, dynamic offensive player,” Chaulk said. “He led Utah in scoring a couple of years ago and enjoyed some big offensive numbers overseas the last two years. We’re really excited that Brampton is the spot for him. He’s a young player with only four years of pro experience. He has many years left in his game and we hope this is the first of many for him in a Beast uniform.”
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