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Beast Announce Several Transactions Ahead of Final Home Game of 2016 

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, announce today that defenseman and assistant captain Mike Vernace has made a decision to leave the team to play professional hockey in Austria.
In order to retain his ECHL rights, the club has suspended Vernace indefinitely.
With the departure of Vernace, a veteran of over 500 professional games, the club now has access to an open veteran position, which will be filled in the near future.
In other team news, just before tonight’s game against the Adirondack Thunder, the Beast have signed 2016-17 training camp invitee Ian Harris to a Standard Player Contract.
Harris appeared in two preseason games with the Beast and was held off the scoresheet in both contests.
Following a successful junior career with the Kingston Voyageurs that saw him post 39 points in 59 games in 2015-16, he started his professional career earlier this season.
Harris made his professional debut in the 2016-17 season in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) and has appeared in eight contests with the Peoria Rivermen and Roanoke Rail Yard Dogs and recorded two assists.


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