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 ECHL
Conference Western[1]
Division Central[1]
Founded 2009
Home arena Independence Events Center[2]
Colors Black, orange, light blue, white
Owner(s) Lamar Hunt Jr.
Head coach Richard Matvichuk
Affiliates Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Franchise history
2009–present Missouri Mavericks
Championships
Regular season titles 1 (2013–14)[3]
Division Championships None
Conference Championships None
Ray Miron President's Cup None

The Missouri Mavericks are an ice hockey team in the ECHL. 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.[2]

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.[4]

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).[5][6]

On November 13, 2009, the team played their home opener before a crowd of 5,760 people at the Independence Events Center.[7]

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

On May 24, 2012, the Mavericks extended Head Coach Scott Hillman's contract for two additional seasons through the 2013-14 season.[12]

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.[13]

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."[14][15] On May 27, 2014, Hillman was named as the first Head Coach for the expansion Indy Fuel of the ECHL.[16] In June the Mavericks hired Richard Matvichuk as the organization's new coach.[17]

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.[18][19]

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. [20]

Roster[edit]

As of February 7, 2015[21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
5 United States Alber, PatchPatch Alber D R 25 2014 Clifton Park, New York Mavericks
13 Canada Brittain, JoshJosh Brittain F L 25 2014 Milton, Ontario Mavericks
11 United States Brown, JaredJared Brown F R 29 2014 Gardner, Kansas Mavericks
35 United States Clemente, MikeMike Clemente G L 25 2014 Great Falls, Virginia Wolves
27 Canada Courtney, AndrewAndrew Courtney F R 29 2011 Belleville, Ontario Mavericks
21 United States Crane, ChrisChris Crane RW R 23 2014 West Chester, Ohio Sharks
49 Canada Darrigo, AndrewAndrew Darrigo D R 23 2014 Georgetown, Ontario Mavericks
40 Canada Dickson, John-ScottJohn-Scott Dickson (AInjured Reserve LW R 30 2011 North York, Ontario Mavericks
41 United States Downing, JackJack Downing F R 25 2014 New Canaan, Connecticut Mavericks
71 Canada Grantham, RyleyRyley Grantham C L 27 2014 Hanna, Alberta Mavericks
10 Canada Hood, DylanDylan Hood F R 24 2015 Osoyoos, British Columbia Mavericks
25 Canada Langdon, ScottScott Langdon D L 30 2014 Ancaster, Ontario Mavericks
17 Canada Lee, MartinMartin Lee (A) D L 25 2014 Toronto, Ontario Mavericks
28 United States Lepkowski, AlexAlex Lepkowski D R 21 2014 Buffalo, New York Mavericks
4 Canada Oslanski, LandonLandon Oslanski D R 22 2015 Camrose, Alberta Mavericks
24 United States Rempel, BrendanBrendan Rempel Injured Reserve D R 23 2014 Willington, Connecticut Mavericks
30 United States Robinson, JoshJosh Robinson G R 25 2015 Frankenmuth, Michigan Mavericks
19 Canada Sparks, LindsayLindsay Sparks F L 24 2014 Oakville, Ontario Mavericks
24 Canada Stephenson, MattMatt Stephenson D R 30 2015 Midland, Ontario Mavericks
43 Canada Thinel, SébastienSébastien Thinel (C) RW L 33 2011 St. Jerome, Quebec Mavericks
12 Canada Walker, GeoffGeoff Walker RW R 27 2015 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Mavericks
42 Canada Wudrick, GeordieGeordie Wudrick LW R 24 2014 Abbotsford, British Columbia 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.[30][31]

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