2009–10 Missouri Mavericks season

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2009–10 Missouri Mavericks
Conference Northern 5th
2009–10 record 31-27-6
Home record 18-11-3
Road record 13-16-3
Goals for 200
Goals against 220
Team information
General Manager Brent Thiessen
Coach Scott Hillman
Assistant Coach Jeff Christian[1]
Captain Tyler Fleck,[2] Carlyle Lewis[3]
Alternate captains Jeff Christian,[4] Brett Hammond,[5] Chad Hinz[5]
Arena Independence Events Center[6]
Average attendance 4,935[7]
Team leaders
Goals Jeff Christian (29)[8]
Assists Jeff Christian (49)[8]
Points Jeff Christian (78)
Penalties in minutes Carlyle Lewis (252)[8]
Plus/minus Chad Hinz, Nick Sirota (Tied +5)[8]
Wins Charlie Effinger (9)[8]
Goals against average Charlie Effinger (2.68)[8]
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The 2009–10 Missouri Mavericks season is the inaugural season of the Central Hockey League (CHL) franchise in Independence, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri.


In April 2009, Matt Adams, Mark Adams, and Mike Carper, the owners of the group Independence Pro Hockey, LLC, announced that their group would bring a Central Hockey League team to Independence, Missouri to begin play in the 2009–10 season.[9] Independence Pro Hockey, LLC previously owned the Lubbock Cotton Kings, also of the Central Hockey League.[9] The team would play at the Independence Events Center as part of a 10-year lease agreement.[10]

Brad Lund, previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma City Blazers from 1992 to 2008, was tapped to serve as President of Independence Pro Hockey, LLC and run the day-to-day operations of the team.[9][11] Brent Thiessen was to be the team's General Manager and Joe Greene was hired to be the team's Assistant General Manager.[12]

On June 2, 2009, Scott Hillman, a former player in the Central Hockey League and previously the cead coach of the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League, winning both back-to-back regular season titles and league championships for both the 2007–08 season and 2008–09 season, was named as the team's new head coach.[13][14][15][16] Hillman also won the Coach of The Year award for the SPHL for the 2008–09 season.[14][16]

On June 25, 2009, it was announced that the team would be called the Missouri Mavericks.[17]

Regular season[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Northern Conference GP W L OTL Pts GF GA
y-Rapid City Rush 64 43 14 7 93 253 197
x-Colorado Eagles 64 42 15 7 91 277 208
x-Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs 64 38 22 4 80 213 180
x-Mississippi RiverKings 64 33 24 7 73 217 116
x-Missouri Mavericks 64 31 27 6 68 200 220
e-Tulsa Oilers 64 28 29 7 63 203 230
e-Wichita Thunder 64 9 50 5 23 128 257

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime loss; Pts = Points; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against

y – clinched conference title; x – clinched playoff spot; e – eliminated from playoff contention


On April 2, 2010, the Mavericks' inaugural 2009–10 season ended with a 7–6 loss to the Rapid City Rush in Game 4 of the Ray Miron President's Cup Playoffs Northern Conference Semifinals.[18]

2010 Central Hockey League Ray Miron President's Cup Playoffs[19]

Awards, Records, and Milestones[edit]

Awards and Records[edit]

Player Award/Record
Missouri Mavericks
  • Central Hockey League 2009-10 Season "Best of The Best" Poll:[21]
    • 2nd Place:
      • Best Arena Music
    • 3rd Place
      • Best Fans
      • On-Ice Promotions
Jeff Christian
  • Central Hockey League 2009-10 Season "Best of The Best" Poll:[21]
    • 3rd Place:
      • Best Playmaker
      • Smartest Player
Charlie Effinger
Steve Garrett
  • Central Hockey League 2009-10 Season "Best of The Best" Poll:[21]
    • 3rd Place:
      • Best Public-Address Announcer
Carlyle Lewis
  • Central Hockey League 2009-10 Season "Best of The Best" Poll:[21]
    • 2nd Place:
      • Best Fighter (Heavyweight)
Karl Sellan
  • Central Hockey League 2009-10 Season "Best of The Best" Poll:[21]
    • 1st Place:
      • Most Annoying Player
Nick Sirota