Missouri Mavericks

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Not to be confused with Mid-Missouri Mavericks.
Missouri Mavericks
2015–16 Missouri Mavericks season
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City Independence, Missouri
League ECHL
Conference Western[1]
Division Central[1]
Founded 2009 (In the CHL)
Home arena Silverstein Eye Centers Arena[2]
Colors Black, orange, light blue, white
Owner(s) Lamar Hunt Jr.
Head coach Richard Matvichuk
Affiliates New York Islanders (NHL)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Franchise history
2009–present Missouri Mavericks
Championships
Regular season titles 1 (2013–14)[3]
Division Championships 1 (2013–14)

The Missouri Mavericks are an ice hockey team in the ECHL. Affiliated with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, the Mavericks play in Independence, Missouri, USA, located near Kansas City, Missouri, at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

History[edit]

Rapid City Rage vs Missouri Mavericks at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on February 18, 2011.

On April 16, 2009, the Central Hockey League announced an expansion team for Independence, to begin play in the 2009–10 season.[4]

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.[5]

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).[6][7]

On November 13, 2009, the team played their home opener before a crowd of 5,760 people at the Independence Events Center.[8]

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

On May 24, 2012, the Mavericks extended Head Coach Scott Hillman's contract for two additional seasons through the 2013-14 season.[13]

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.[14]

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."[15][16] On May 27, 2014, Hillman was named as the first Head Coach for the expansion Indy Fuel of the ECHL.[17] In June the Mavericks hired Richard Matvichuk as the organization's new coach.[18]

On October 7, 2014, soon before the 2014-15 Central Hockey League season was set to begin, it was announced that the Central Hockey League ceased operations and the Mavericks, along with the Allen Americans, Brampton Beast, Quad City Mallards, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder, were all approved the expansion membership application into the ECHL for the 2014-15 season.[19][20]

On February 5, 2015, Lamar Hunt Jr. son of Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, bought a 100 percent ownership stake in the Missouri Mavericks. [21]

On June 11, 2015, the Mavericks announced they had signed a two-year affiliation deal with the New York Islanders. The Mavericks will serve as the Islanders' secondary minor league affiliate, behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.[22]

Season records[edit]

League Season Team Season GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA PIM Division Standings Playoffs
2009–10 (CHL) 1 64 31 27 6 n/a 68 200 220 1589 5th in Northern Conference Eliminated in Game 4 of the league playoff quarterfinals (Rapid City Rush)[23]
2010–11 (CHL) 2 66 37 23 6 n/a 80 213 173 1197 4th in Turner Conference Eliminated in Game 4 of league playoff quarterfinals (Colorado Eagles)[24]
2011–12 (CHL) 3 66 39 21 6 n/a 84 223 200 1048 3rd in Turner Conference Eliminated in Game 7 of league playoff semifinals (Fort Wayne Komets)[25]
2012–13 (CHL) 4 66 35 25 6 n/a 76 217 222 991 5th in Central Hockey League Eliminated in Game 7 of league playoff semifinals (Allen Americans)[26]
2013–14 (CHL) 5 66 44 20 2 n/a 90 238 184 1012 1st in Central Hockey League Eliminated in game 6 of first round of the playoffs (Arizona Sundogs)[27]
2014–15 (ECHL) 6 72 28 35 5 4 65 192 231 1426 6th in Central Division Did not qualify[28]
2015–16 (ECHL) 7
ECHL Totals 72 28 35 5 4 65 192 231 1426
CHL Totals 328 186 116 26 n/a 398 1091 999 5837

Roster[edit]

As of February 7, 2016 [29][30]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
7 United States Barnes, TylerTyler Barnes RW R 25 2015 Burnsville, Minnesota Sound Tigers
12 United States Carzo, RoccoRocco Carzo F L 25 2015 Media, Pennsylvania Mavericks
27 Canada Courtney, AndrewAndrew Courtney (A) F R 30 2011 Belleville, Ontario Mavericks
13 United States de Kastrozza, DavidDavid de Kastrozza RW R 29 2015 Toms River, New Jersey Mavericks
44 Canada Finn, MattMatt Finn D L 21 2015 Toronto, Ontario Islanders
11 United States Fritz, TannerTanner Fritz F R 24 2015 Grande Prairie, Alberta Mavericks
5 Canada Graham, JesseJesse Graham D R 21 2016 Toronto, Ontario Islanders
22 United States Holmstrom, JoshJosh Holmstrom RW R 26 2015 Colorado Springs, Colorado Sound Tigers
Canada Johnston, RossRoss Johnston LW L 22 2016 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Islanders
15 United States Ladd, GarrettGarrett Ladd F L 26 2016 Fenton, Michigan Mavericks
2 Canada Lafranchise, KaneKane Lafranchise (A) D L 27 2015 Edmonton, Alberta Sound Tigers
24 United States Ludwig, C.J.C.J. Ludwig (C) D R 25 2015 Little Elm, Texas Sound Tigers
14 United States Ludwig, TrevorTrevor Ludwig D L 30 2015 Colleyville, Texas Mavericks
28 Canada Neilson, EricEric Neilson RW R 31 2016 Fredericton, New Brunswick Mavericks
10 Canada Owens, ChrisChris Owens D L 26 2015 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Mavericks
30 United States Robinson, JoshJosh Robinson G R 26 2015 Frankenmuth, Michigan Mavericks
20 United States Root, JesseJesse Root C L 26 2015 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Sound Tigers
70 United States Seckel, ReedReed Seckel F L 26 2015 Melvin, Michigan Mavericks
81 Canada Sylvestre, SebastienSebastien Sylvestre LW L 22 2015 Boucherville, Quebec Sound Tigers
26 United States Tolkinen, ZachZach Tolkinen D L 26 2016 Lino Lakes, Minnesota Mavericks
31 United States Williams, StephonStephon Williams G L 22 2016 Fairbanks, Alaska Islanders
47 Canada Willmott, DeanDean Willmott D L 25 2016 Toronto, Ontario 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.[31][32]

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