12/02/2016 12:04 PM
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO –The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens, announce today multiple transactions prior to their weekend games against the Quad City Mallards and Elmira Jackals.
Gritty forward Mathieu Gagnon has been reassigned to the Beast after being called up to the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps earlier this week. The 24-year-old has provided an injection of toughness and strong forecheck pressure in each of the nine games he has played for the Beast this year.
Gagnon, a native of Montreal, Quebec, has also proven to be an opportunistic scorer by scoring twice on four shots this season.
The Beast have also announced that skilled and speedy forward Lucas Venuto has signed a Standard Player Contract.
The 22-year-old product of Mississauga, Ontario, is making the jump to the ECHL after starting the 2016-17 season playing Division I hockey in Sweden with Kristianstads IK. He was off to a solid start with two goals and five assists for seven points in 14 games. He joined Kristianstads IK after a very productive 2015-16 season for Mörrums GoIS that saw him pot 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points in 34 games.
Before his stint in Europe, Venuto starred in the Ontario Hockey League with the Mississauga Steelheads from 2012 to 2014 and the Windsor Spitfires from 2014 to 2015. His time with the Spitfires was particularly memorable as he racked up 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in 31 games.
Venuto is expected to join his team during their eight-game homestand that began with a 4-3 victory against the Quad City Mallards on Thursday afternoon.
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