BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, announce today that former Beast and exciting two-way defenseman Reggie Traccitto has signed with the club for the upcoming 2016-17 ECHL season.
Traccitto, 27, will be entering his second full season as a professional. Fans in Brampton will remember that Traccitto started last season as a member of the Beast. The Oakville, Ontario native suited up for 37 contests with Brampton last season and was a threat at both ends of the ice, scoring eight goals and adding four assists for 12 points.
The 6’0” righty was traded to the Allen Americans in February of 2016 and appeared in 16 games with the eventual Kelly Cup champions, recording four assists along the way.
Prior to joining the Beast, Traccitto was an offensive dynamo for the University of Prince Edward Island in the CIS. For parts of five seasons from 2010-11 to 2014-15, he appeared in a total of 120 games with the Panthers, recording an impressive 37 goals and 60 helpers for 97 points, earning two AUS First All-Star Team nods in the process.
Before joining the professional ranks, Traccitto turned heads as a versatile, offensive defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League with the London Knights and Niagara IceDogs.
He appeared in 190 OHL games between the 2005-06 and 2009-10 seasons and lit the lamp 27 times and chipped in with 38 assists and 262 penalty minutes. He hit his stride in the 2009-10 season while serving as the assistant captain of the IceDogs.
He led all OHL defenders with 20 goals and added another 18 assists for a total of 38 points.
Even though he ended the season as a member of the Kelly Cup champion Allen Americans, Traccitto couldn’t turn down the opportunity to come back to Brampton to take care of unfinished business.
“I can’t complain about playing professional hockey so close to home,” Traccitto said. “Hopefully history will be made with this team this year. We have already signed a lot of great players who have played high-level hockey. I’m excited to come back to Brampton.”
Beast Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Chaulk knows exactly what he’s getting with Traccitto and believes he can be a big part of developing a winning culture in Brampton.
“Reggie is someone who did everything we asked of him last season,” Chaulk said. “He can play forward, he can play defense and he can play in all situations. He has a big shot and we’re excited to have him back.”
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