Kansas City Mavericks

The Kansas City Mavericks are an ice hockey team in the ECHL. Founded in 2009 as the Missouri Mavericks, the team plays in Independence, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

Kansas City Mavericks
2019–20 ECHL season
CityIndependence, Missouri
Founded2009 (in the CHL)
Home arenaSilverstein Eye Centers Arena[1]
ColorsBlack, orange, light blue, white
Owner(s)Lamar Hunt Jr.
General managerBrent Thiessen
Head coachJohn-Scott Dickson
AffiliatesCalgary Flames (NHL)
Stockton Heat (AHL)
Franchise history
2009–2017Missouri Mavericks
2017–presentKansas City Mavericks
Regular season titles2 (2013–14, 2015–16)[2]
Division Championships1 (2015–16)


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 Missouri 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] Also, beginning with the 2016–17 season, the Mavericks and St. Louis Blues entered into a working agreement for cross-promoting hockey in Missouri and Kansas.[24] However, the Islanders/Tigers organization still remained the Mavericks affiliate for player development.

On March 11, 2017, the Missouri Mavericks announced the team would be renamed as the Kansas City Mavericks beginning with the 2017–18 season.[25] Also prior to the 2017–18 season, their affiliation with the Islanders ended when that organization affiliated with the expansion Worcester Railers. On June 8, 2017, Kansas City affiliated with the Calgary Flames (NHL) and the Stockton Heat (AHL).[26]

Season-by-season records

Regular season Playoffs
SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPtsGFGAPIMStandingYear1st round2nd round3rd roundKelly Cup
2009–10 (CHL)64312766820022015895th, Northern Conf.2010[27]W, 2–1, MRKL, 0–4, RC
2010–11 (CHL)66372368021317311974th, Turner Conf.2011[28]W, 3–2, WICL, 1–3, COL
2011–12 (CHL)66392168422320010483rd, Turner Conf.2012[29]W, 4–0, EVNL, 3–4, FW
2012–13 (CHL)6635256762172229915th, CHL2013[30]W, 4–2, RCL, 3–4, ALN
2013–14 (CHL)66442029023818410121st, CHL2014[31]L, 2–4, ARZ
2014–15 (ECHL)722835546519223114266th, Central Div.2015[32]Did not qualify
2015–16 (ECHL)725215321092341628551st, Central Div.2016W, 4–0, QCL, 2–4, ALN
2016–17 (ECHL)723330457523324110405th, Mountain Div.2017Did not qualify
2017–18 (ECHL)72343242742042239046th, Central Div.2018Did not qualify
2018–19 (ECHL)72363042782342289934th, Mountain Div.2019L, 3–4, TUL
CHL totals3281861162639810919995837
ECHL totals3601831422015401109710855218


Current roster

As of November 24, 2019.[33][34]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
5 Terrance Amorosa D L 25 2019 Kirkland, Quebec Heat
16 Greg Betzold LW L 24 2017 Bel Air, Maryland Mavericks
12 Rocco Carzo (C) F L 29 2015 Media, Pennsylvania Mavericks
7 Darian Dziurzynski (A) LW L 28 2018 Lloydminster, Alberta Mavericks
22 David Dziurzynski LW L 30 2018 Lloydminster, Alberta Mavericks
23 C.J. Eick LW L 27 2018 Appleton, Wisconsin Mavericks
20 Ryan Galt F R 24 2019 Omaha, Nebraska Mavericks
13 Neal Goff (A) D L 26 2018 Stillwater, Minnesota Mavericks
1 Hayden Hawkey G L 24 2019 Parker, Colorado Mavericks
29 Tad Kozun LW L 26 2019 Nipawin, Saskatchewan Mavericks
19 Bryan Lemos RW R 23 2019 East Providence, Rhode Island Mavericks
3 Kevin McKernan D R 25 2019 Grafton, Massachusetts Mavericks
2 Zach Osburn D R 22 2019 Plymouth, Michigan Heat
15 Michael Parks RW R 27 2019 St. Louis, Missouri Mavericks
31 Tyler Parsons G L 22 2017 Chesterfield Township, Michigan Flames
4 Derek Pratt D L 25 2019 Mount Hermon, Massachusetts Mavericks
30 Nick Schneider G L 22 2018 Leduc, Alberta Flames
14 Loren Ulett LW L 25 2019 Port Perry, Ontario Mavericks
17 Ryan Van Stralen RW L 26 2019 Prescott, Ontario Mavericks
9 Jack Walker LW L 23 2019 Edina, Minnesota Mavericks
25 Cliff Watson D L 25 2018 Sheboygan, Wisconsin Mavericks
8 Justin Woods (A) D L 25 2019 Fairbanks, Alaska Mavericks


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