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  • Brampton Beast the new ECHL affiliate for Canadiens, IceCaps 

    The Brampton Beast, proud members of the ECHL, announced yesterday the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League and St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League as their NHL and AHL affiliates, respectively. The Beast, who will be entering their third year of operations in the fall, were without a major league affiliate in their inaugural ECHL season, and finding the right partner was a major priority for the team this summer. "Montreal is the most iconic franchise in the NHL," said Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan. "They have also shown a virtually unparalleled commitment to development from within. We are confident that partnering with Montreal and St John’s will be instrumental to our own on-ice success, and will also add another level of credibility to the Beast brand." The announcement came in front of an energetic crowd including Mayor Linda Jeffrey at Brampton City Hall in what was billed as one of the most significant moments in Brampton sports history. The event included a laser show, video message from Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin, and was attended by Hockey Operations staff from both organizations including IceCaps GM Vincent Riendeau, IceCaps Head Coach Sylvain Lefevbre and Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk. “On behalf of the Canadiens organization and our hockey operations department, we want to thank the Brampton Beast organization and the population of Brampton for making this partnership possible,” said Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin. “A number of past and current Montreal Canadiens players began their professional careers in the ECHL. Starting in 2015-16 we look forward to having some of our prospects begin their journey to the NHL in Brampton. Thank you and have a great season.” The Montreal Canadiens, along with the Pittsburgh Penguins, were one of two NHL teams affiliated with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers last season, although midway through the year the Canadiens also began an agreement with the Beast by sending them 2012 second-round daft pick Dalton Thrower. The Nailers have since confirmed the renewal of their longstanding agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins for 2015-2016, the 16th consecutive year of their affiliation, while the Beast will be the sole ECHL partner of the Canadiens.

  • IceCaps Donate Nearly $210,000 to Charities in 2014-15 

    IceCaps Care donated $209,600 to 42 local charities during the 2014-15 American Hockey League (AHL) season. “Since we launched this franchise in 2011, the St. John’s IceCaps have been committed to excellence on the ice and service to the community,” said IceCaps President and CEO Danny Williams. “We’re proud of the legacy we’ve created in the community and look forward to many more years of supporting worthy local charities.” IceCaps Care raises funds for various educational, wellness and youth programs, and provides support to local charitable organizations. These funds are raised primarily through the sale of 50/50 tickets during IceCaps home games, as well as in-kind donations and other fundraising initiatives. IceCaps players and mascot Buddy the Puffin also make hospital, school and other community-group visits during the season. The nearly $210,000 donation is in addition to funds donated by IceCaps Care partner, The Williams Family Foundation, which places a priority on assisting children facing health challenges. Over the past four seasons, IceCaps Care and the Williams Family Foundation have donated approximately $2 million through financial and in-kind donations, impacting more than 800 organizations throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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