Name: Bronson Beaton
Birthdate / Junior age: 1995-02-06 / 17
Birthplace: Springhill, NS.
Hometown: Springhill, NS
Drafted by the Shawinigan Cataractes at the 2011 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft in round two, 23rd overall.
Traded to the Screaming Eagles on December 31st 2011 from the Shawinigan Cataractes in exchange for Morgan Ellis.
2011-12 - Regular Season - Shawinigan - GP: 23 - G: 0 - A: 1 - PTS: 1 - +/-: -9 - PIM: 4
2011-12 - Regular Season - Cape Breton - GP: 29 - G: 0 - A: 4 - PTS: 4 - +/-: -10 - PIM: 2
2012 - Post Season - Cape Breton - GP: 4 - G: 2 - A: 0 - PTS: 2 - +/-: -2 - PIM: 0
Current stats as of Sunday, December 30th 2012 - 2011-12 - Regular Season - Cape Breton - GP: 39 - G: 9 - A: 11 - PTS: 20 - +/-: 0 - PIM: 11
Q & A With Bronson Beaton:
Q1: Tell us about your Minor Hockey career.
A1: Every second year I would travel to Truro to play, so I could keep playing 'AAA' when Cumberland did not have that level. I had an awesome time playing Minor Hockey. I was lucky enough to win the Atlantic Challenge Cup three years in a row with team Nova Scotia.
Q2: Where did you play your Midget hockey?
A2: I played my only year of Midget for the Pictou County Weeks Major Midget's of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. It was an awesome place to play, we had a good group of guys and good players, however, we got knocked out in the second round of the playoffs.
Q3: You were drafted by the Shawinigan Cataractes at the 2011 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft in round two, 22nd overall. Tell us about your draft year and your thoughts on being selected by Shawinigan.
A3: The draft was a great day and something I will always remember. I was extremely happy to be drafted by Shawinigan knowing they were a good organization, but I would have been happy being drafted by any team.
Q4: You were traded to the Screaming Eagles on December 31st 2011 in a deal, which saw Morgan Ellis being traded to the Cataractes. Where you shocked about getting traded to Cape Breton? What were your thoughts on the trade? Were you glad to be retuning to Nova Scotia?
A4: l knew that there was a high chance of me being traded being the only 16 year old on a really strong older team. I had heard a lot of rumors that I could get traded to Cape Breton for Morgan, and when it happened I was disappointed to leave the guys I had played with for the first half of my first season of my junior career, but I was very excited to be coming to a young team where I could play a lot and develop. Coming back close to home obviously was another upside to the trade, which was good for me and my family.
Q5: You were currently ranked 17th overall among Quebec Major Junior Hockey League skaters by NHL Central Scouting for the upcoming 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft in June. Do you think much about the draft?
A5: I try not to think about the draft to much because its a long ways away. I think it is better for me to enjoy playing with out thinking too much and just work my hardest. I think it would be a lie to say that it is not in the back of my mind all the time.
Q6: You were born in Springhill, NS. Tell us about your hometown of Springhill.
A6: Springhill is a very small town. I am not sure of the population, but I am guessing there is only around 1,500 people. Most people in Cape Breton have never even heard of the town I dont think, unless they know Anne Murray.
Q7: Tell us some interesting facts about your family.
A7: Everybody in my family is close. I have a sister, who is 19-years-old and in school in P.E.I. . my mom is a nurse and my dad is a truck driver.
Q8: Who is the one person you would like to thank for getting you where you are today with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles? Why?
A8: I guess there is two people I would like to thank for geting me where I am today with the Screaming Eagles and they are my parents. There is no way I would be where I am today without them committing to my hockey career as much as they have since I was 5-years-old.
Q9: How do you prepare for game day?
A9: I like to make sure I get a good sleep the day before, wake up and head to the rink, come back and have some pasta about six hours before game time and then take a little nap before I head back to the rink for the game.
Q10: What is one thing you like about Cape Breton?
A10: I love the people. Everybody is so friendly and always willing to help.