We haven’t committed to Brampton Beast season tickets yet in my household, mostly because of financial reasons. However, with the exciting team full of Ontario Hockey League grads that they’re assembling, it’s an investment that would look to be quite worthwhile. Expecially, with the Central Hockey League now reduced from ten to seven teams, making for some talent rich rosters.
At the moment, with much of the roster still needing to be filled out, there are seven OHL alumni in the lineup. All seven are signed up for just the 2014-15 CHL season. Peel Region is well represented with two former members of the Brampton Battalion, along with a former Mississauga IceDog and a Mississauga Major. Added to the mix is a head coach that played for the Battalion in 2001-02.
Painchaud played three years in the OHL from 2003-04 to 2005-06 with the Mississauga IceDogs and Sarnia Sting. Chad was an eighth round pick by the IceDogs at the 2002 OHL Priority Selection, 143rd overall. He was traded to the Sting eight games into the 2004-05 season after helping Mississauga to the Robertson Cup finals in his rookie year.
The Atlanta Thrashers took Painchaud in the fourth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 106th overall. He has played pro hockey since 2006-07 in the ECHL, AHL and CHL. In 2013-14, Painchaud played 21 games for the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL and seven games in the American Hockey League with the Norfolk Admirals.
Rose is fresh off a four year Ontario Hockey League career that began in 2010-11 and was spent entirely with the Owen Sound Attack. Brayden was a seventh round pick by the Attack at the 2009 OHL Priority Selection, 129th overall. He joined the Beast at the end of 2013-14 for four playoff games after Owen Sound was eliminated from Robertson Cup playoff contention.
McQuade’s OHL career was limited to just one game, played with the Peterborough Petes during the 2007-08 season. However, Josh had a goal per game career in the league, scoring in his only game. McQuade has played pro hockey since 2011-12 in the SPHL and CHL. He led the SPHL in goals and points in 2012-13 while playing for the Fayetteville FireAntz. Josh played for Brampton in their CHL inaugural 2013-14 season.
The team’s leading scorer in 2013-14, Pitton played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2002-03 to 2005-06 with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Guelph Storm. Jason was a fifth round pick by the Greyhounds at the 2002 OHL Priority Selection, 97th overall. He was traded to the Storm 37 games into his final OHL season.
The New York Islanders made Pitton an eighth round pick at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 244th overall. He has played pro hockey since 2006-07 in the AHL, ECHL, Italy’s LIHG, the U.K.’s EIHL and the CHL. 2014-15 is Jason’s second year with the Beast.
Oreskovic played four years in the OHL from 2003-04 to 2006-07 with the Battalion and Owen Sound Attack. He was the 15th overall pick at the 2003 OHL Priority Selection by Brampton and was a deadline trade to the Attack in his final season.
Phil was a third round pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, 82nd overall and has ten games of NHL experience, all with the Maple Leafs during the 2008-09 season. Oreskovic’s first pro action came at the end of 2006-07 after the Attack were eliminated and came in the form of three games with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. Since, he has played in the AHL, ECHL, NHL and the EIHL.
Oreskovic split his 2013-14 season between two teams on two different continents. He played ten games for the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL and 24 games for the Nottingham Panthers of the EIHL.
Team captain of the Brampton Battalion in 2010-11, Thorne played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2008-09 to 2010-11, all with Brampton. A seventh round pick by the Battalion at the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, it took Stephon two years to get his start with the club.
Stephon has played pro hockey since 2011-12 in the CHL and ECHL. 2013-14 was spent with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL.
McCready played four years in the OHL from 2004-05 to 2007-08 with the London Knights, Sarnia Sting and Toronto/Mississauga Majors. In 2004, Matt was a seventh round pick by the Knights, 140th overall. In his 2004-05 rookie season, he saw 14 games with the powerhouse Knights during the regular season, 12 more during the Robertson Cup championship run and four games in the Memorial Cup tournament.
Matt’s first pro hockey came in 2011-12 at the end of his four year stay at the University of Windsor. He finished up the year in the CHL, playing seven regular season and eleven playoff games with the Missouri Mavericks. McCready has played his entire pro career in the CHL and spent 2013-14 with the Arizona Sundogs, one of the three teams to exit the CHL for 2014-15.
Brent Hughes – Head Coach
2014-15 brings a promotion for Hughes, moving up from assistant coach to head coach of the Brampton Beast. Brent played two years in the OHL, 2000-01 and 2001-02. His first year was an eight game stint with the Peterborough Petes and he played the full 68 game schedule in 2001-02 with the Brampton Battalion. Hughes played pro hockey from 2003-04 to 2011-12 in the CHL, IHL and EIHL.
The Beast are entering their second year in the Central Hockey League after taking over the vacant Powerade Centre in Brampton for the 2013-14 season. Their first year in the CHL was a success, finishing sixth in the ten team league and getting bounced in the opening round.
With the loss of the Arizona Sundogs, St. Charles Chill and Denver Cutthroats, the CHL should be even more competitive in 2014-15 as a seven team league.