Pither set for second season with Beast

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens and AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps, announced that Luke Pither has re-signed with the team for the 2016-17 season.

Pither split last season between the Beast and the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch and IceCaps.

In 26 games with the Beast, the Burketon, Ontario native recorded 20 points (9g-11a). In six AHL contests, he added three assists.

Pither is no stranger to AHL hockey, having recorded 51 points (17g-34a) in 136 games with Adirondack, Charlotte, St. John’s and Syracuse.

A prolific junior scorer, Pither was almost a point-per-game player throughout his 307 games played in the Ontario Hockey League. He suited up for a total of four teams while in the OHL – the Kingston Frontenacs, Guelph Storm, Belleville Bulls and Barrie Colts – between the 2005-06 and 2009-10 seasons.

His best season in junior came in 2009-10 when he finished third in OHL scoring behind only Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall, recording 94 points (36g-58a) while with the Colts.