Yes, you heard it right. The Brampton Beast recently announced it will be the sole affiliate for the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens in the East Coast Hockey League. It will also have an American Hockey League partnership with the St. John’s Ice Caps.
For the past two years Brampton has had the pleasure of having a professional hockey team unlike a lot of the cities around Canada. It’s been a tough start in terms of winning but it’s something the city certainly needs. The Brampton Beast is the only Canadian team that is part of the ECHL, which is a step below the AHL.
“Starting in 2015-16 we look forward to having some of our prospects begin their journey to the NHL in Brampton,”
The Beast will now have the ability to receive and send players between these teams. Players often get sent to their affiliate team, when a young prospect is drafted by a major league team but still needs development. That player can now be sent down to Brampton to be further developed, and get actual ice time that they wouldn’t have otherwise gotten.
The Brampton Beast players can also be called up to play for the Ice Caps or the Montreal Canadiens. In cases where an affiliate team has a lot of players with injuries, a team could likely sign Brampton players to short time contracts to fill in positions for the injured players.
“Starting in 2015-16 we look forward to having some of our prospects begin their journey to the NHL in Brampton,” said Canadiens General Manager, Marc Bergevin in a press release by the Brampton Beast.
Who knows where these partnerships will lead? Maybe Brampton will have their own NHL team one day?
Brampton Beast kick off their season on October 16th, while their first home game of the season is October 23rd at the Powerade Centre. You can find out more about tickets here : http://bramptonbeast.com/