Over the course of the seven years of the Brampton Beast, only four men have worn the iconic “C” on their sweater. It’s considered a point of honour and pride and each of the four men to gain the captaincy have been leaders both on and off the ice.
In our Beast rewind, we look back at the four captains that the team has had over its almost eight year history.
Brett Smith: Beast Captain 2013-14
Brett Smith is the first and only player to captain the team when the Beast were still part of the now defunct Central Hockey League.
Smith played in 36 games that season and scored ten goals and 20 total points while tacking on 28 penalty minutes.
The Guelph native had previous captain experience and wore letters for both the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs and the Fort Wayne Komets prior to his time in Brampton.
Cal Wild: Beast Captain 2014-15
Cal Wild was the second man to be granted the captaincy for Brampton. The forward wore the letter during the 2014-15 season, which was the first in the ECHL for the Beast at the time.
Wild suited up in 59 games that year and scored nine goals and had 16 assists for 25 points. He also accumulated 10 penalty minutes.
Wild’s tenure was also significant for his involvement in the Brampton community. He was an extremely active member and volunteered for a multitude of events enroute to earning the ECHL Community Service Award following the season. He’s the only Beast player thus far to have captured the award.
Brandon Marino: Beast Captain 2016-2019
A native of Riverside, California, Brandon Marino to date is the only American player to been named the captain of Brampton.
The prolific playmaker had his best statistical year with the Beast during the 2016-17 season, where he racked up 20 goals and 72 points in 72 games. He would go on to add another seven points in 12 playoffs contests. He is known as being one of the most skilled and offensive players the Beast have ever had.
Marino’s last season with Brampton took place on 2018-19, where he had 43 points in 46 games. Unfortunately his final season was cut short by a lower body injury that held him out the rest of the year and through the playoffs.
Jordan Henry: Beast Captain 2019-Present
The latest man to take up the mantle of Beast captain is defenseman Jordan Henry. The Milo, Alberta, native had seven goals and 11 points this past year while suiting up in 49 total contests.
Henry had extensive experience with the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans, Abbotsford Heat, Chicago Wolves, Oklahoma City Barons, Syracuse Crunch and Charlotte Checkers prior to being signing with Brampton.
Henry wore and “A” for the Beast beginning in the 2015-16 season and was also the captain of the Florida Everblades during the 2014-15 ECHL season.
The vocal blueliner remains the only defenseman to wear the “C” for the Beast in their history.