September 15, 2010 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Missouri Mavericks
INDEPENDENCE, Missouri - Missouri Mavericks' Head Coach Scott Hillman announced Wednesday the Central Hockey League (CHL) team has signed forwards Tab Lardner and Nathan O'Nabigon for the 2010-11 season.
Lardner, 30 (12/3/79), returns to the CHL after playing the previous three seasons for the Port Huron Icehawks of the International Hockey League (IHL). The Edmonton, Alberta native enters his 10th professional season and seventh in the CHL. In 577 games as a pro, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound forward has 213 goals and 241 assists for 454 points including 677 penalty minutes. Lardner has scored over 20 goals in five of his nine pro seasons and had a career-high 39 goals in 2007-08 with Port Huron. During the 2007-08 season, Lardner also had career-highs in assists (42) and points (81). His most recent season in the CHL was with the Youngstown SteelHounds where he had 48 points (19-2948) and 79 penalty minutes during the 2006-07 season.
"Tab Lardner is a proven goal scorer," said Mavericks' Head Coach Scott Hillman. "Very few players can boast an equal to his goal scoring production in this level of hockey over the last four seasons. Tab is the type of veteran player we are looking for. He is a very hard working player who plays with heart and passion at both ends of the rink. Tab has strong ties to the Kansas City area and is very eager to join our franchise. We look for Tab to continue to be one of the top goal scorers in this league. Filion, Lewis, DiLauro and Lardner give us a good crop of blue collar veteran players."
O'Nabigon, 27 (5/9/83), enters his third pro season after playing his previous two seasons with two different CHL teams. The Longlac, Ontario native reached the Ray Miron President's Cup Finals last season with the Allen Americans and had five points (1-45) in 20 playoff games. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound forward had 26 points on 15 goals and 11 assists in 55 games played for the Southern Conference champions last season. O'Nabigon played for the CHL's Rocky Mountain Rage in his rookie season and had 31 points (13-1831) and 72 penalty minutes in 63 games. Prior to turning pro, he played four seasons at the University of New Brunswick and four seasons of junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League.
"Nathan O'Nabigon is a hard working, physical forward who puts the team first and because of that, he is a proven winner," added Hillman. "He has won championships in Major Juniors and Canadian University and was in the finals last season with the Allen Americans. He keeps the game simple and plays a hard-nosed style that our fans will appreciate. He shoots the puck extremely hard and likes to crash the net. I believe he will be a great addition to our roster when we hit the ice in October."
The Missouri Mavericks will begin their second season in the Central Hockey League on October 15, 2010 against the Odessa Jackalopes at 7:05 p.m. The Mavericks play their home games at the state-of-the-art Independence Events Center where parking is always free. Tickets for all 33 regular season home games are on sale now starting at just $14 per game. Mini-plans, season tickets and group tickets are also available by calling (816) 252-7825 or visit www.MissouriMavericks.com for more information.