BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, are proud to announce that former OHL Humanitarian of the Year and 2014-15 CIS All-Tournament Team goaltender Andrew D’Agostini has signed a contract to join the Beast for the upcoming 2016-17 ECHL season.
D’Agostini, 22, joins the Beast for his first full season of professional hockey following a fantastic junior and university career. Beast fans may remember D’Agostini from his impressive two-game stint with the club at the end of the 2015-16 ECHL season.
Eleven different goaltenders manned the Beast crease during the 2015-16 ECHL season, but none made quite the same impact that D’Agostini did in just two games played.
The Scarborough, Ontario native was almost perfect in his first two games as a member of the Beast last April. He allowed just one goal per start and stopped 57 of the 59 shots he faced in collecting two wins against tough opponents, including the Adirondack Thunder and Elmira Jackals.
D’Agostini’s 1.00 goals against average and sizzling .966 save percentage were far and away the most impressive goaltending statistics from the 2015-16 season and helped him emerge from the pack and earn a full contract for the 2016-17 ECHL season.
Prior to joining the Beast last season, D’Agostini enjoyed two full seasons at the University of Guelph, where he emerged as one of the best goaltenders in the Canadian university system.
In his first season with the Gryphons in 2014-15, he appeared in a total of 31 games (regular season and playoffs) and posted a 18-11 record and helped his squad to capture a CIS bronze medal while being named the tournament’s top goaltender.
One year later, D’Agostini continued to shine as a member of the Gryphons and posted a stellar 19-14 record with a 2.47 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.
The 5’11”, 174-pound netminder earned his spot in university hockey after a stellar Ontario Hockey League Career with the Peterborough Petes from 2009 to 2014. His best season in the ‘O’ came in the 2012-13 campaign when he posted a 3.24 goals against average and a .911 save percentage in 43 games played.
As impactful a player as he was on the ice during his junior career, he made an even bigger impact off the ice. In 2012, D’Agostini won the OHL’s Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top humanitarian for his work and fundraising efforts for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
A class act both on and off the ice, Beast Head Coach and VP of Hockey Operations Colin Chaulk liked what he saw of the young goaltender at the end of last season and is excited to see what he can do with a full season.
“Andrew came in and played really well in those two games last season and made the most of his opportunity,” Chaulk said. “He may not be a big guy but he makes the save, has a ton of compete and is very serious and dedicated to being a professional. We’re excited to get him.”
D’Agostini is still enrolled at the University of Guelph and is on track to graduate during this upcoming season. It’s going to be a busy year for D’Agostini but he is excited for the challenge.
“For me, it’s an ideal situation. You can’t go wrong playing professional hockey so close to home and so close to my school,” D’Agostini said.
“I’m very excited. As soon as I take a week off the ice, I’m excited to get back on,” D’Agostini said. “I’ve been following the signings and I’m excited to see some of the guys that are returning and some of the guys I got along with. Brampton is great. You can’t go wrong playing near the city and it’s an ideal situation for me right now. I’m hoping that we can turn this into a playoff team right away.”
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