The Brampton Beast will hold their third free agent camp beginning this evening at the Powerade Centre. Over 80 players, all with different hockey backgrounds, are expected to attend the camp. The players will be representing four countries including Japan and Sweden, five Canadian provinces and seven US states.
“I believe we are in a unique situation. With our location in Brampton, a hockey hot bed, we believe we’re going to have a very competitive camp with a lot of skill and hockey IQ,” said Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk.
The camp will include a pair of former Beast players, forward Thomas Stajan and defenseman Dean Willmott. Stajan, the Mississauga, Ontario native, joined the Beast in February of the 2013-14 season where he played 13 games and collected 4 assists. Willmott, who was added to the Beast roster in February last season, played 21 games in a Beast uniform.
Grandson of former NHL-All Star, Hall of Famer and Stanley Cup winner Andrew James Bathgate, Andy Bathgate Jr., will be suiting up and hitting the ice this weekend. The Brampton native and NHL Pittsburg Penguins fifth round draft pick had three points in a six game stint with the Beast last December.
“With a limited number of training camp spots available, I’m unable to give spots to everybody,” said Chaulk. “The free agent camp allows us to see the players first hand and the ones that stand out will be invited to main camp in October.”