Beast add to blue line with Willmott, DaCosta

BRAMPTON, Ontario – The Brampton Beast announced the signing of defensemen Dean Willmott and Justin DaCosta for the 2015-16 season.

The Beast are the ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League and the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

Willmott made his pro debut with the Beast last season, appearing in 21 contests, with three poins (1g-2a) and 16 penalty minutes. A native of Toronto, Willmott has been playing in his home province of Ontario for his entire junior and professional career. He spent three seasons in the Ontario Junior A Hockey League between 2008-11, including two seasons with the Seguin Bruins and one with the Huntsville Otters. The 25-year-old then spent four seasons with the Ryerson University Rams scoring 25 points (8g-17a) in 103 games.

DaCosta spent the 2014-15 season in Europe, splitting time between the Elite Ice Hockey League’s Coventry Blaze and the Polish Hockey League’s KH Sanok. The 30-year-old played in 212 Ontario Hockey League games between 2002-06 for the Barrie Colts, Owen Sound Attack and Mississauga IceDogs before moving on to a successful university career with the University of New Brunswick. He kicked off his professional career during the 2009 Central Hockey League playoffs, suiting up for 10 contests with the Colorado Eagles. Over the next five seasons, his professional career took him all over the globe, including stops in the United States, France, Austria, Hungary, Finland and the United Kingdom.