Missouri Mavericks

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Not to be confused with Mid-Missouri Mavericks.
Missouri Mavericks
2016–17 ECHL season
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City Independence, Missouri
League ECHL
Conference Western
Division Mountain
Founded 2009 (In the CHL)
Home arena Silverstein Eye Centers Arena[1]
Colors Black, orange, light blue, white
Owner(s) Lamar Hunt Jr.
Head coach John-Scott Dickson
Affiliates New York Islanders (NHL)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Franchise history
2009–present Missouri Mavericks
Championships
Regular season titles 2 (2013–14, 2015–16)[2]
Division Championships 1 (2015–16)

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, a suburb of 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.[3] The new organization 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 would be renewed in one-year contracts until 2015.[9][10][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]

On June 11, 2015, the Mavericks announced they had signed a two-year affiliation deal with the New York Islanders. The Mavericks then served as the Islanders' secondary minor league affiliate, behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.[21]

On June 2, 2016, head coach Richard Matvichuk resigned after leading the Mavericks for two seasons, a regular season championship, and named ECHL coach of the year in 2015–16. He left the organization to become the head coach of the Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars.[22] He was replaced by former Mavericks player and assistant coach, John-Scott Dickson.[23]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Regular Season Playoffs
League Season Team Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Kelly Cup
2009–10 (CHL) 1 64 31 27 6 n/a 68 200 220 1589 5th, Northern Conf. 2010[24] W, 2–1, MRK L, 0–4, RC
2010–11 (CHL) 2 66 37 23 6 n/a 80 213 173 1197 4th, Turner Conf. 2011[25] W, 3–2, WIC L, 1–3, COL
2011–12 (CHL) 3 66 39 21 6 n/a 84 223 200 1048 3rd, Turner Conf. 2012[26] W, 4–0, EVN L, 3–4, FW
2012–13 (CHL) 4 66 35 25 6 n/a 76 217 222 991 5th, CHL 2013[27] W, 4–2, RC L, 3–4, ALN
2013–14 (CHL) 5 66 44 20 2 n/a 90 238 184 1012 1st, CHL 2014[28] L, 2–4, ARZ
2014–15 (ECHL) 6 72 28 35 5 4 65 192 231 1426 6th, Central Div. 2015[29] Did not qualify
2015–16 (ECHL) 7 72 52 15 3 2 109 234 162 855 1st, Central Div. 2016 W, 4–0, QC L, 2–4, ALN
ECHL Totals 144 80 50 8 6 174 426 393 2281
CHL Totals 328 186 116 26 n/a 398 1091 999 5837

Roster[edit]

As of July 13, 2016 [30][31]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
27 Canada Courtney, AndrewAndrew Courtney (C) F R 31 2011 Belleville, Ontario Mavericks
Slovakia Illo, RadoslavRadoslav Illo C L 26 2016 Povazska Bystrica, Czechoslovakia Mavericks

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome". Independence Events Center. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Mavs Win First-Ever Governor's Cup". MissouriSportsRedux.com. March 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "CHL Announces Independence, Missouri Team for 2009-10". Central Hockey League. April 16, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "CHL Welcomes the Missouri Mavericks". Central Hockey League. June 24, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hillman Resigns as Coach of Ice Bears for Job in CHL". Knoxville News Sentinel. May 29, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "VIDEO: Hillman Named First Coach of New Independence Hockey Team". The Examiner. June 2, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Opening Night for The Mavericks Had The Perfect Script". The Examiner. November 14, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mavericks Announce Affiliaton with AHL's Chicago Wolves". Missouri Mavericks. September 17, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Mavericks Renew Affiliation Agreement with AHL's Chicago Wolves". OurSportsCentral.com. September 8, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Mavericks Renew Affiliation Agreement with AHL's Chicago Wolves". OurSportsCentral.com. July 11, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mavericks Continue Affilation with Chicago Wolves". OurSportsCentral.com. June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Mavericks Extend Head Coach Scott Hillman's Contract". Missouri Mavericks. May 18, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Mavericks Unveil "Give M Hell", Announce Raio Partnership with KMBZ". Missouri Mavericks. July 31, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  14. ^ McDowell, Sam (May 21, 2014). "Missouri Mavericks Coach Scott Hillman Resigns". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  15. ^ Althaus, Bill (May 22, 2014). "Mavs' Hillman Moving On". The Examiner. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Hillman named Fuel's head coach". ECHL. May 27, 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Mavericks Introduce Richard Matvichuk as New Head Coach". OurSportsCentral.com. June 12, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  18. ^ "CHL Clubs Join ECHL for 2014-15 Season". Central Hockey League. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  19. ^ "ECHL Accepts Seven Members". ECHL. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  20. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2015/02/05/lamar-hunt-jr-buys-missouri-mavericks-hockey-team.html
  21. ^ "Mavs Announce Affiliation with Islanders". Missouri Mavericks. June 11, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Mavericks Coach Matvichuk Moving On". OurSports Central. June 2, 2016. 
  23. ^ "John-Scott Dickson ready to make mark as Mavericks rookie coach". The Examiner. July 1, 2016. 
  24. ^ "2009-10 Central Hockey League Playoff Results". HockeyDB.com. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  25. ^ "2010-11 Central Hockey League Playoff Results". HockeyDB.com. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  26. ^ "2011-12 Central Hockey League Playoff Results". HockeyDB.com. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  27. ^ "2012-13 Central Hockey League Playoff Results". HockeyDB.com. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  28. ^ "2013-14 CHL Playoff Results". HockeyDB.com. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  29. ^ "2014-15 Regular Season - Division". ECHL. 
  30. ^ "MISSOURI MAVERICKS". EliteProspects.com. Retrieved July 11, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Missouri Mavericks 2015-16 Regular Season". ECHL. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 

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