The Kansas City Mavericks of the ECHL were announced as the new ECHL affiliate of the Stockton Heat, so today we give you some important facts about the club that you’ll want to know.
Last season, the Heat nine players assigned to play in the ECHL including Mikkel Aagaard, Stepan Falkovsky, Brett Pollock, Roman Dyukov, Ryan Culkin, Matt Bailey, Keegan Kanzig, Tom McCollum and Mason McDonald. That went along with five other players to play in the ECHL and AHL during the Heat’s inaugural season, which happened to include the most prolific player the Thunder developed for the Heat in fan favorite Ryan Lomberg.
Recently undergoing a name change from the Missouri Mavericks to the Kansas City Mavericks, the club plays 20-minutes away from downtown Kansas City at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missouri.
We welcome the club to the family and look forward to a long partnership with the club!
– The Mavericks began in the former Central Hockey League in 2009 and were absorbed by the ECHL along with the Allen Americans, Rapid City Rush, Brampton Beast, Quad City Mallards, Wichita Thunder and Tulsa Oilers.
– In the CHL years from 2009 to 2014, the Mavs went 186-116-26, making the playoffs every season. They lost in the second round of the playoffs four of their five seasons in the CHL.
– Entering their fourth season in the ECHL, the Mavs have gone 113-80-23 in their previous three seasons including the most successful year in franchise history in 2015-16, leading the ECHL with a 52-15-5 record and winning the Brabham Cup as the best regular season record in the ECHL. In their only Kelly Cup Playoff Appearance to date, the Mavs would fall in the second round to the eventual champion Allen Americans.
– Coach Richard Matvichuk led the Mavs to that terrific season in 2015-16 but left the club to become the Head Coach of the Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars. Taking his place was former Mavs player John-Scott Dickson, who was Matvichuk’s assistant coach in 2015-16. Dickson was 33-30-9 in his first season as a head coach.
– The Mavs play in the ECHL’s Western Conference and were a member of the Mountain Division in 16-17, but alignment hasn’t been announced in the ECHL for the upcoming season.
– Interestingly enough, the Heat are the third AHL Pacific Division club to be affiliated with a former CHL team as the Rapid City Rush are the Tucson Roadrunners affiliate and the Allen Americans have been the ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Barracuda.
– The Mavs aren’t just a terrific team on the ice but off the ice as well. The organization is run by Lamar Hunt Jr., who’s father, Lamar Hunt, was the principal founder of the American Football League, Major League Soccer (as well as the MLS’ predecessor, the North American Soccer League) and was also the founder and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL.
– The most prolific player in the Mavs history is without a doubt Sebastien Thinel, who has played 265 games for the Mavs in the CHL and ECHL combined. In those 265 games, Thinel has scored 342 points (92-250-342). Thinel moved on in 2015-16 to Europe where he’s played in France and in England.
– The longest tenured player though for the Mavs is certainly captain Andrew Courtney, who has played for the Mavs for seven seasons, since turning pro in 2010. Courtney has 149 goals and 142 assists for 291 points in a Mavs sweater. However, the Mavs will lack his familiar leadership as he announced his retirement from hockey on April 9, 2017
– The lone player to be called up from the Mavs to the Heat in the last two years is goalie Josh Robinson who backed up Nick Schneider at the tail end of the Heat’s inaugural season.
– Check in this weekend to see some of the other connections that Calgary and Stockton have to the Mavs franchise!