After signing with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL over the summer of 2017, Ontario Hockey League grad Brock Beukeboom was traded to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on November 4. He did not appear in a single game with Toledo. Beukeboom joins four other OHL grads with the Swamp Rabbits, including Carter Sandlak. Both Brock and Carter have fathers that played in the National Hockey League.
Brock Beukeboom played five years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2008-09 to 2012-13 with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Niagara IceDogs and Guelph Storm. He was the eighteenth overall pick at the 2008 OHL Priority Selection, going to the Soo. Over his career, he scored 16 goals and assisted on 67 for 83 points in 279 regular season games. In 25 playoff games, he added six points.
Beukeboom was team captain for the Greyhounds in 2010-11 but was traded over the summer of 2011 to the IceDogs. Going to Sault Ste. Marie was Mike Schwindt, along with three draft picks. In 2011-12, Brock helped the IceDogs to the finals before falling to the London Knights in five games. The IceDogs then traded him to Guelph 16 games into the 2012-13 season for three picks.
The Tampa Bay Lightning selected Beukeboom in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, 63rd overall. He spent four years at the university level following his OHL career, 2013-14 to 2016-17, with the University of Prince Edward Island.
On July 7, 2017, Brock signed with the Toledo Walleye. After not making it into a single game with Toledo, he made his ECHL and pro hockey debut with Greenville after a November 4, 2017 trade.
Greenville Swamp Rabbits
The franchise began as the Johnstown Chiefs, a team that played in the ECHL from 1988-89 to 2009-10. After relocating to Greenville, South Carolina, the team was called the Greenville Road Warriors from 2010-11 with the name changing to Swamp Rabbits for 2015-16.
Home games for the team are played at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville. The venue holds 7,000 for ECHL games but has a capacity for 13,707 if needed. The arena opened in 1998. The team has yet to pass the conference semi-finals since moving south from Johnstown.
Currently, there are four other OHL grads on the roster: Chad Duchesne, Nick Betz, Jack Nevins and Carter Sandlak. Duchesne played two years, 2014-15 and 2015-16 with the Kingston Frontenacs. Betz was with the Erie Otters for five years from 2011-12 to 2015-16. Nevins saw limited time with the Sarnia Sting, Kingston Frontenacs and London Knights in 2011-12 and 2012-13 before finishing his junior career in the QMJHL. Sandlak played five years from 2009-10 to 2013-14 with the Guelph Storm, Belleville Bulls and Plymouth Whalers.
Brock Beukeboom OHL Stats
|2008-09||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||55||2||9||11||26|
|2009-10||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||66||7||19||26||64|
|2010-11||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||44||1||7||8||54|