03/24/2017 1:00 PM
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, announce today that the club has signed Brampton native and point-per-game Ontario Hockey league defenseman Matt Petgrave to a Standard Player Contract.
The 6’1” rearguard played the last four seasons with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Reds and made a name for himself as a steady two-way defenseman. Between the 2013-14 and 2016-17 seasons, he appeared in 108 USports games and scored 13 goals while adding 47 assists for 60 points.
Petgrave will be bringing a winning pedigree to the Beast lineup and has proven himself a winner at every level. He helped the Reds to back-to-back U Sports University Cup Men’s Hockey National Championships in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
As a junior, Petgrave played in the Ontario Hockey League from 2009-10 to 2012-13, suiting up for a combined 243 OHL contests with the Niagara Ice Dogs, Owen Sound Attack and Oshawa Generals, scoring 34 goals with 123 assists.
He hit his stride during the 2010-11 season with Owen Sound, helping the club to an OHL Championship thanks to a successful 37-point season (8G, 29A). He added another goal and two assists in four games played in his only Memorial Cup appearance.
His best individual numbers came as a member of the Generals in 2012-13. In 50 games played, he scored 10 goals and added 40 assists for 50 points, ending the season as his team’s leading defensive scorer at an impressive point-per-game pace.
Petgrave is expected to join the Beast during the club’s current series against the Orlando Solar Bears.
The Beast are back in action tonight, Friday, March 24 as they host the Solar Bears for the second game of a three-game series. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:15PM.
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