Beast Announce Leadership Group Ahead of Home Opener
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO - The Brampton Beast announce today their leadership group for the 2019-20 season.
Head Coach Spiros Anastas will be entering his first season behind the Beast bench. He's excited about the assembled team and said; "We are excited to name our captains and extended leadership group for the 2019-20 season. We believe we have a team full of great individuals and ultimately we are aiming to build a cohesive group full of leadership, accountability and some general self-monitoring."
"We believe this group, led by our captains, will aid in the building of that positive culture and represent what it means to be a member of this team and community with pride. We expect the same from everyone on our roster."
Jordan Henry officially becomes the newest Beast captain and takes over from former captain Brandon Marino, who announced his retirement this offseason.
Henry is the current leader in Beast games played and has been a steady and dependable presence on the blueline. It will be his job to help guide this Beast roster into a successful 2019-20.
Anastas said, "You don't play as long as he has without having a deep passion for the game and a continuing desire to compete. He is an asset to our young players and the prospects of our affiliates. His communication abilities keep a direct line of positive communication between the locker room and coaches office."
The alternate captains for the squad this year will be David Vallorani, Erik Bradford and Nathan Todd.
"Vallorani represents what it means to lead by example. His compete level is high in both games and practices, and he also brings a wealth of experience to our room. We rely on him heavily to not only produce on the game sheet, but to be a leader off the ice and he's always up to the task."The Hamilton native led the entire ECHL with nine game-winning goals last season.
Bradford was having a great season until it was cut short by a lower-body injury. The young forward is a vocal leader that aims to lead by example this coming year.
Todd took a huge step this past year by scoring 30 goals and 60 total points. The Kemptville native enters the year after a busy summer with the Ottawa Senators Rookie Showcase and with Belleville Senators training camp.
"Bradford and Todd are two guys who have an unmatched hunger to keep getting better and do whatever it takes for their team. They're both on a positive trajectory as not only players but as people. Last year was a year of growth for the both of them, and with added responsibility this season, we are confident they will both lead successfully both on and off the ice."
There are also three players who won't be wearing a letter but will be relied upon to be leaders in the room. Those three are David Pacan, Matt Petgrave and Chris Martenet.
"We believe in depth as an organization and team. We view our leadership the same way. Having an extended leadership group allows us to diversify the type of players involved. We have guys with college backgrounds, others from Major Junior. Some are younger than others, a couple have been NHL draft picks and others are on their way to getting their first look. The broad depth of experience in our group covers every angle to help us better understand our room and for them to help their teammates develop in our culture."
The Beast open their seventh season tomorrow on Saturday, October 12th at the CAA Centre vs. the Toledo Walleye.
For more information, visit https://www.bramptonbeast.com/ or call the office at 905 564 1684.
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