After four seasons with the Brampton Beast, forward David Vallorani has announced his retirement from professional hockey.
This offseason has been a huge change to the current team that is known as the Beast. Jordan Henry, Lindsay Sparks, and now, David Vallorani have all hung up the skates in the same summer.
In a statement from Cary Kaplan, GM and president of the organization, he said, “David Vallorani embodied the what it means to be a Brampton Beast during his tenure with the team over the last four seasons.”
Vallorani player collegiate hockey where he spanned four years attending UMass-Lowell. During his time with the Riverhawks, Vallorani was consistent with the amount of points he would get in a season. During his first two seasons, Vallorani recorded 27 points. In his third year, he amassed a career high with 31 points.
The Canadian then signed with the Hershey Bears, however, was demoted and joined the Reading Royals. In his first and only season with the team, Vallorani recorded 59 points while also adding a Kelly Cup championship. As well, the left-handed shooter was named to the ECHL All-Star Rookie Team.
After a strong first season, Vallorani signed his first ECHL contract, doing so with the Utah Grizzlies. He continued racking up points with another 59 points in 2013-14.
Soon enough, Vallorani packed his bags and moved overseas for a couple of seasons. In his first year, he joined Milano Rossoblu in Serie A, Italy’s top hockey league. Even though he played 34 games compared to the 60-plus games in the states, Vallorani, 31-years-old, would earn himself 65 points in the league.
He then made the move to Germany to play in Deutsche Eishockey Liga 2 (DEL2). There, the veteran left-winger played in Rosenheim with the Starbulls Rosenheim. In doing so, the forward earned himself another 41 points.
After two years in Europe, Vallorini made the trip home to the province of Ontario. This time, he played with a team much closer to home in the Brampton Beast. Besides a small stint in HockeyAllsvenskan, Brampton would be his home until his retirement.
After four years with the team, Vallorani became the team’s all-team leading scorer. He did so with 101 goals. He also earned the assistant captain role in his final year along with his nomination. In terms of points before the season was cancelled, Vallorini stood in second place in the league.
The Beast are only keeping one person who held an “A” or a “C” from last season. If a season was to begin this year, the team will look and function completely different from those of the past.