Friday, April 8, 2016

Comets Sign Ex Viper Forward Marino:

The American Hockey League’s (AHL) Utica Comets have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Brandon Marino to a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO).

Marino signed with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Brampton Beast August 19th 2015 is in his first season with the Beast has (13-goals-28-assists-41-points) in 40 games.

Marino spent last season with the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League (AEBHL) SAPA Fehérvár AV19.  SAPA Fehérvár AV19, is a Hungarian ice hockey team. After four years with Bemidji State University Marino spent the next five seasons playing in four different leagues (IHL, CHL, ECHL & AHL) with three different teams (Quad City, Fort Wayne & Norfolk) before playing in Hungary last season.

Marino played just two games with the 2002-2003 Vernon Vipers.

Brandon Marino's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Beast website:

Marino Callup Highlights Beast Transactions


Photo By: John Warren / Brampton Beast

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, announce today several transactions ahead of this week’s games against the Florida Everblades.

Beast captain Brandon Marino has signed a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO) with the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets. The 29-year-old Riverside, California native is on a point-per-game pace in the ECHL this season and has collected nine goals and 25 assists in 34 games played this season. At the time of his departure, he had appeared in every game the Beast have played this season.

Prior to his callup, he has just one game of AHL experience with the Norfolk Admirals in 2012-13.

Joining the Beast for their current road trip is 21-year-old Tim Bozon. The St. Louis, Missouri native has split this season with the Beast and the IceCaps. In 10 games with St. John’s, he has recorded a single assist, while in six appearances with the Beast, he recorded a pair of assists.

The Beast have also signed goaltender Jordan Ruby to a Standard Player Contract. The 24-year-old Tavistock, Ontario native spent four years in the NCAA with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) between the 2011-12 and 2014-15 seasons.

Following his final year of college in 2014-15, he appeared in one game with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye and also suited up for a single game with the Indy Fuel this season. He has been fantastic this season with the Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League, posting a stellar 1.87 goals against average and a .933 save percentage in eight contests.

The Beast are in southwest Florida this week for a three-game set against the Florida Everblades. The Beast are on the road for most of the month of January and won’t return to the Powerade Centre until January 31 against the Wheeling Nailers. Tickets are now on sale, starting at $16.25. For more information or general media inquiries on the Brampton Beast please contact Chris Ballard, Public Relations Coordinator at (905) 564-1684 or

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