On Tuesday August 25th, the Brampton Beast announced the signing of centreman Jake Bricknell for the upcoming season. The two sides agreed to terms on a standard player contract for the upcoming season. He joins the team only 23 years of age.
Before signing his first pro contract, Bricknell was with multiple teams in the OJHL as well as the OHL. In the Ontario Hockey League, teams include the Belleville Bulls, the Hamilton Bulldogs and finally, the Guelph Storm. In his last year of junior hockey, Bricknell was named captain of the Aurora Tigers.
Following his tenure in junior hockey, Bricknell went to study at Ontario Tech University. During his two years of studies, he played for the UOIT Ridgebacks men’s hockey team. In his two years with the team, he played 51 games, recording 48 points.
However, the OUA season has come under jeopardy as the world continues to deal with the novel coronavirus. The fall semester sports have been cancelled and that has affected the first half of this season.
With uncertainty looming university sports, Bricknell, much like Luke Boka, opted to make the jump pro, signing on with the Beast. He will be joining a much younger Beast team come the fourth of December when the league expects puck drop.