BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – Brampton Beast forward David Vallorani has officially announced his retirement as a player.
"David Vallorani embodied the what it means to be a Brampton Beast during his tenure with the team over the last four seasons,” said Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan. “He was a leader, a true professional, and his on ice accomplishments with the team are unparalleled.”
“Just prior to the stoppage, David was the first ever Beast player to reach 100 career goals, and he holds the team records for career goals, points, as well as the single season record of 83 points. Perhaps more impressively, David was simply having a league MVP type season in 2019-2020 and was among the league leaders in scoring and being an integral part of what we were confident would have been a long playoff run.”
“Few players are able to retire at the top of their game, and it's a credit to David's commitment, work ethic, and dedication that he was at his peak into his early 30's. The entire organization and the Beast fan base would like to offer a massive thank you to David, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours outside of hockey. He will always remain one the cherished members of our Beast Alumni group".
The native of Hamilton, Ontario, Vallorani began his Beast career during the 2016-17 season. He suited up in all 72 games and scored 32 goals and 83 total points. The 83 points in a single Beast season continues to stand to this day as an overall team record.
Vallorani followed that up with three more seasons in Brampton and was consistently a scoring force whenever he stepped out onto the ice.
The slick forward ends his career as the highest scoring Beast player ever. He racked up 101 goals and 147 assists for an astounding 248 points through 250 Beast games.
"David constantly led by example," said Beast Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations, Spiros Anastas. "He brought his top game every time and made an impact one way or another. He was the type of teammate who brought the best out of those who played with him and brought the same approach to practice every day. There's not a day that went by where he wasn't the last guy on the ice. I'm fortunate to have coached him last season and wish him all the best in the next stage of his career."
Vallorani’s performance over the years also earned him numerous ECHL honours. He won a Kelly Cup and was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team in 2012-13 with the Reading Royals.
He followed that up with an invite to the ECHL All-Star Game in 2016-17. That season the forward was also named to the ECHL Second All-Star Team.
This past year Vallorani was top three in league scoring and was named to the ECHL First All-Star Team for his accomplishments. He also led the league the past two seasons in game-winning goals with 17 total. The next closest player over that span had ten.
Vallorani will be missed by his fellow teammates, coaches, Beast staff and the fans. On behalf of the organization, we want to express our sincerest thanks to David and we wish him and his family the best in the next exciting stages of their lives!