Missouri Mavericks

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Not to be confused with Mid-Missouri Mavericks.
Missouri Mavericks
2014–15 Missouri Mavericks season
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City Independence, Missouri
League Central Hockey League
Conference Berry
Founded 2009
Home arena Independence Events Center[1]
Colors Black, orange, light blue, white
Owner(s) Independence Professional Hockey, LLC (Matt Adams, Mark Adams, Mike Carper)[1]
Head coach Richard Matvichuk
Affiliates Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Franchise history
2009–present Missouri Mavericks
Championships
Regular season titles 1 (2013–14)[2]
Division Championships None
Conference Championships None
Ray Miron President's Cup None

The Missouri Mavericks are an ice hockey team in the Central Hockey League. They play in Independence, Missouri, USA, located near Kansas City, Missouri, at the Independence Events Center.

History[edit]

On April 16, 2009, the Central Hockey League announced an expansion team for Independence, to begin play in the 2009–10 season.[1]

The team teamed up with local newspaper The Examiner to hold a name-the-team contest until May 11. The Mavericks' name, logo, and colors were unveiled on June 24.[3]

On May 29, 2009, it was reported that Scott Hillman would be the Mavericks' first head coach, resigning from his same position with the Southern Professional Hockey League's Knoxville Ice Bears to do so. In his time with the Ice Bears, Hillman led them to two consecutive SPHL President's Cup championships and Coffey Trophies (awarded for the most regular-season points).[4][5]

On November 13, 2009, the team played their home opener before a crowd of 5,760 people at the Independence Events Center.[6]

On September 17, 2011, the Mavericks announced an affiliation agreement with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League for the 2011-12 season.[7] This agreement was renewed on September 8, 2012, for the 2012-13 season.[8] It was announced on July 11, 2013 that this agreement was renewed again for the 2013-14 season.[9] On June 26, 2014, this agreement was renewed again for the 2014-15 season.[10]

On May 24, 2012, the Mavericks extended Head Coach Scott Hillman's contract for two additional seasons through the 2013-14 season.[11]

On July 31, 2012, the Mavericks announced an agreement with Entercom to have all 66 games for the 2012-13 season broadcast on the radio on 1660 KUDL.[12]

On May 21, 2014, Head Coach Scott Hillman announced his resignation from the Mavericks because he is "...pursuing other hockey opportunities and wants to move to a community where he and wife Dalyn's sons can compete at the highest level."[13][14] On May 27, 2014, Hillman was named as the first Head Coach for the expansion Indy Fuel of the ECHL.[15] In June the Mavericks hired Richard Matvichuk as the organization's new coach.[16]

Roster[edit]

As of August 20, 2014.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
United States Battani, T.J.T.J. Battani RW R 24 2014 Armada, Michigan Mavericks
Canada Bembridge, GarettGarett Bembridge RW R 33 2014 Melfort, Saskatchewan Mavericks
Canada Courtney, AndrewAndrew Courtney F R 29 2011 Belleville, Ontario Mavericks
Canada Circelli, CollinCollin Circelli C L 32 2014 Oshawa, Ontario Mavericks
Canada Dickson, John-ScottJohn-Scott Dickson LW R 30 2011 North York, Ontario Mavericks
Canada Ehrhardt, DallasDallas Ehrhardt D L 22 2014 Calgary, Alberta Mavericks
Canada Langdon, ScottScott Langdon D L 29 2014 Ancaster, Ontario Mavericks
United States Pszenyczny, DaveDave Pszenyczny D L 29 2011 Sterling Heights, Michigan Mavericks
Canada Power, BenBen Power F R 24 2014 Montreal, Quebec Mavericks
Canada Tochkin, KellanKellan Tochkin RW R 23 2014 Abbotsford, British Columbia Mavericks
Canada Thinel, SébastienSébastien Thinel RW L 33 2011 St. Jerome, Quebec Mavericks
United States Unice, JoshJosh Unice G L 25 2014 Holland, Ohio Mavericks
Canada Vossen, EvanEvan Vossen F L 27 2012 Swift Current, Saskatchewan Mavericks


Top-10 Missouri Mavericks Players Of All Time[edit]

2014 Vote[edit]

Between July 1 and July 11, 2014, Mavericks fans voted for the Top-10 Mavericks players from the first 5 years of the team's existence. Beginning on July 15, 2014, The Examiner newspaper revealed the players one-per-day.[17][18]

The Top-10 Missouri Mavericks players from the first 5 years of its existence, in descending order, are as follows: