BRAMPTON, ONT. – The Brampton Beast announced today that Brampton native Bryan Pitton will once again be suiting up for the Beast this coming season.
In 2015-16, the 28-year-old netminder appeared in only one contest before an injury forced the 6’3″ netminder to the sidelines for the remainder of the season.
He was the club’s Opening Day starter last year against the Manchester Monarchs and stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced. Healthy and determined, Pitton is already looking forward to the start of the season.
“I’m extremely excited to get this season going,” he said. “Last year I didn’t get to show the fans or myself what I had. I’m really looking forward to this year to be able to do that. To be at home close to friends and family with an organization that I feel is moving in the right direction with a great coach and a great staff, I couldn’t be happier.”
An experienced veteran of eight professional seasons, simply put, Pitton has found success everywhere he has played. He has American Hockey League experience with the Springfield Falcons and Oklahoma City Barons between the 2007-08 and 2010-11 campaigns, sporting a 5-8-1 record in 19 games played.
In the ECHL with the Stockton Thunder and Bakersfield Condors, he sports a career 46-49-14 record and 2.92 goals against average. His lone season in the Central Hockey League with the Allen Americans in 2013-14 may have been his most successful, as his playoff numbers, including a 2.20 goals against average and .931 save percentage, helped the Americans to a CHL championship.
This season, Pitton will be continuing his charitable ways and is proud to announce the ‘Pitton Saves for Kids’ in support of the William Osler Health System Foundation.
The Beast netminder will be donating one dollar for each save he makes throughout the 2016-17 ECHL season and is hoping that local businesses and individuals will pledge to match his donation, either for the full season or on a game-by-game basis.
“Giving back to the community that has had such a huge impact on my life is something I take very seriously,” Pitton said. “Last season, I wasn’t able to do as much as I wanted to due to the circumstances, but this year I’m hoping to be a lot more involved in the community and I hope to give back a lot more and it starts today with the launch of ‘Pitton Saves For Kids in support of the William Osler Health System Foundation.'”