Three Stars Of The ECHL: Brampton Beast

The Brampton Beast haven’t been around as long as other teams in the ECHL. However, in their small history in the league, the Canadian team has had a handful of players come and go that it’s become hard to really keep track. Here are the top three players from the life of the Brampton Beast.

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David Ling

Ling is an iron man in his own right. Most people who join the Beast are straight out of Europe or University. Not many are ending their long career with the team. Originally drafted by the Quebec Nordiques, Ling had played hit the ice in all sorts of leagues around the world.

He had a short stint with the Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets with 93 games between them. In North America, he has played in the AHL, ECHL and the now defunct International Hockey League. In Europe, he has played in Russia, Sweden, Finland, the U.K. and Italy.

During his ECHL stint with the Beast from 2014 to 2018, Ling collected a total of 86 points before moving to Hamilton. Although he didn’t see a lot of playoff time during the early years the Beast existed, he was able to play in a total of 10 games played in 2017 postseason. He followed this stint in the LNAH, but quickly retired after only two games.

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Edward Pasquale

Edward Pasquale had a short stint with the Brampton Beast. The Toronto native only skated in 12 games played with the organization. But his career has continued to go up and down since he left the hockey club. Playing four seasons prior in the AHL with the St. John’s IceCaps, Pasquale only joined the Beast for only the 2015-2016 season.

After three more AHL seasons, he would see his chance with the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, his stint only lasted so long as he played in three games before re-joining the Crunch.

For the 2019-2020 season, Pasquale went to the KHL where he skated in Kazakhstan for Barys Nur-Sultan. While with the Russian based team, Pasquale played in 46 games and recorded a 0.930 save percentage. The team would finish the season slotted in first in the Chernyshev Division.

The team made it to the second round before being eliminated by Avangard Omsk. When the KHL returns this fall, he will be playing for another KHL team, the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in Yaroslavl, Russia.

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Marcus Hogberg

Another goalie on the list, a native of Orebro, Sweden. Back in 2017, he signed with the Ottawa Senators and has been going through their farm system for the last few years. Hogberg started his pro career in the AHL with the Binghamton Senators.

He moved with the team to Belleville and soon was placed on optioned to Brampton for a few games. In his small stint spent with the Beast, Hogberg recorded a save percentage of 0.915. The next year, he played in the AHL and even had the opportunity to see some ice time in Ottawa.

Last season, Hogberg, 25, was the names the third goaltender for the Ottawa Senators. He competed in 24 games, but would only win five in his first full season in the nation’s capital. With the Senators constantly changing, Hogberg could easily find himself as Ottawa’s backup goalie in the very near future.

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