Bronson Beaton is excited for the start of the QMJHL season with his new team, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.
AMHERST – Getting traded can be very difficult for junior hockey players, but Bronson Beaton is looking at it as a new opportunity.
After a tough, injury-plagued year with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, the Springhill native is set for a new beginning as a member of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
“There’s no question it’s a fresh start and I couldn’t be more excited for it,” said the 19-year-old Springhill native. “I’m looking forward to getting things going. My goal here is to work my hardest and do my best to give the club a good chance to win every night.”
Beaton said he will miss Cape Breton and the friends he made there, but he’s also excited to get another opportunity. He’s confident he’ll get more of a chance to play a key role.
In three exhibition games he’s had two goals and an assist for the Titan, who open the QMJHL regular season at the K.C. Irving Centre in Bathurst on Sept. 12 against the Halifax Mooseheads.
In one of those exhibition games, in Amherst, Beaton scored the winning goal in a win over the Moncton Wildcats. He said it was nice to play back in Amherst again, saying it was a date he circled on the calendar when he learned he was being traded to the Titan.
While the Titan have struggled in recent seasons, Beaton feels the pieces are in place for a contending hockey team this season.
“I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people this year,” said Beaton. “We had a rough year last year but I think we’re going to be in the thick of things this season. We have a much improved team over last year.”
He said a new coaching staff and a number of new players have brought a new atmosphere to the organization and he said there’s already good chemistry in the dressing room.
“The organization has been nothing short of amazing since I got here,” he said.
Beaton was drafted by the Shawinigan Cataractes in 2011 and played 23 games there before being traded to the Screaming Eagles as the Cataractes loaded up for a Memorial Cup run in 2012.
After a 13-goal, 32-point campaign in Sydney in 2012-13, Beaton had high hopes going into last season but found himself battling a series of nagging injuries that reduced his playing time and his production. He ended last season with five goals and 16 points for 21 points in 57 games.
He was traded to the Titan in May along with Raphael Corriveau and Nicholas Dozzi for Miguel Sullivan and a pair of draft choices.