The ECHL's only Canadian franchise operating out of the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ontario is just two steps below the NHL; The Brampton Beast Hockey Team is the only AA pro hockey league in North America.
It’s professional hockey – players are paid to play – and is fast-paced and high quality, with NHL/AHL veterans, prospects, and former players well represented in the lineup. The Beast also feature an all Canadian roster, with the majority of the players coming from the GTA and surrounding areas, adding a great local element.
The team has been leasing the Powerade Centre for 15 years now, and is committed to making hockey work in Brampton, as evidenced by their purchase of a brand new video board, custom theme nights for every home game, free, accessible parking, and a Founders and Kids Club.
The team’s inaugural season was last year, where as a member of the now-defunct CHL, the Beast made the playoffs in their first year of existence! When the CHL folded at the start of this season, it provided an excellent opportunity for the Beast (and the other 6 CHL teams) to be absorbed into the ECHL: a well-known and established brand that contributes and develops players for the AHL and NHL leagues.
After making the transition from the CHL to the ECHL, some growing pains were expected from the Beast, whom needed seven games to find their first win of the season. Shortly afterward, the team began to find real chemistry, winning 7 of 9 games to begin climbing back up in the standings.
Right as it looked like the Beast were finding their form, the team was bitten badly by the injury bug, losing 6 different players to the IR. It has been a character-testing stretch for the Beast, who with their latest acquisitions Dalton Thrower, David Ling and Justin Donati, are once again on the upswing as they push for a playoff position in April.
Some notable accomplishments from some of The Beasts players this season include Goaltender Trevor Cann who was named ECHL Goaltender of the Week (at the end of November) and twin brothers Tyler and Justin Donati who scored an astounding 24 combined points in just 21 games! The last time the two brothers were playing on the same line in the ECHL they went #1 and #2 in overall league scoring (with the Elmira Jackals in 2009-10).
Check out The Beasts January Schedule -http://www.bramptonbeast.com/schedule/