BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, are pleased to announce the signing of DEL2 superstar, two-time OHL 25-goal scorer and Mississauga, Ontario native Taylor Carnevale to a standard player contract ahead of the 2016-17 ECHL season.
Carnevale, 25, is coming off a breakout year in Germany’s DEL2 league with the EC Kassel Huskies. In 33 games played, the 5’11” centre proved he is both a scorer and a playmaker and netted 14 goals and 30 assists for 44 points.
Prior to his eye-opening season in Germany, Carnevale has established himself as a talented international journeyman. In the 2014-15 hockey season, he split the campaign between Italy’s Asiago and HC Bolzano in the top hockey league in Austria. He torched the league during his time in Asiago and scored 10 goals and chipped in with six assists in just 13 games played.
His first full season of professional hockey took place in the 2013-14 season as he suited up for EC Bad Nauheim in Germany’s DEL2 league. He immediately established himself as an offensive dynamo during his first season in the professional ranks and torched the league with 17 goals and 29 assists for 46 points in just 40 games played.
The right-shooting Carnevale is no stranger to the ECHL, having suited up for five contests with the Utah Grizzlies following the completion of his junior career in the 2012-13 season.
Carnevale was an Ontario Hockey League standout during his junior career. He appeared in 287 OHL games with five different teams between the 2007-08 and 2011-12 seasons, including the Plymouth Whalers, Oshawa Generals, Barrie Colts, Windsor Spitfires and Sarnia Sting. He amassed a total of 89 goals and 123 helpers throughout his OHL career and even jumped to the QMJHL with the Shawinigan Cataractes to collect another two goals and three assists in ten games played.
His best season of junior hockey came in 2010-11, which he split between the Colts and the Spitfires. In a combined 63 games played, he lit the lamp 35 times and added 35 assists for 70 points.
Carnevale is excited to transition back to North American hockey and to make his debut with the Beast this October.
“I’ve never played pro in North America,” Carnevale said. “I talked with Colin (Chaulk) and he seems like he’s a great coach and the organization seems like it’s on the upswing. I’ve spent enough time at the Powerade Centre to know that people around that rink love hockey. I want to come and do the best I can to help the team win.”
Beast Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Chaulk is excited that a player of this calibre has decided to return home to play with the Beast.
“He an highly offensive player who has enjoyed success in Europe and in the OHL,” Chaulk said. “With only four years of pro hockey under his belt, he still has a lot of years left and he’s excited to be in Brampton.”
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