Mavericks Add Three Players to Inaugural Season Roster
INDEPENDENCE, Missouri - Missouri Mavericks' head coach Scott Hillman announced Monday the Central Hockey League (CHL) club has signed three more players for the Mavericks' 2009-10 inaugural season. Forward Carlyle Lewis along with defensemen Doug MacIver and Travis Martell have all signed to play for the expansion club. The Mavericks' roster currently sits at a total of nine players.
Lewis, 31 (3/1/78), is the third-of-four veterans to be signed for the Mavericks this season. He is entering his 11th professional campaign and first in the CHL. The 6-foot-3, 234-pound right wing has 2,059 penalty minutes in 590 games played with 255 points (110-145=155). The Middleton, Nova Scotia native has played the last three seasons in Europe in which he had 91 points (39-52=91) and 538 penalty minutes in 143 games played. Prior to playing in Europe, Lewis played seven seasons primarily split between the American Hockey League (AHL) and ECHL.
"Carlyle Lewis will be a huge presence for us on the ice," said Hillman. "He is the third veteran signing for our inaugural season and a big piece of the puzzle with a lot of AHL experience. Carlyle will be looked upon for his leadership and his good knack for scoring goals, he will also be the first to stand up for his teammates."
MacIver, 28 (2/12/81), is entering his eighth pro season and returns to the CHL after playing the past two seasons overseas. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound defenseman from King City, Ontario has played a total of 302 professional games with 1,392 penalty minutes and 80 points (16-64=80). He played for the CHL's Austin Ice Bats and Memphis RiverKings in the 2006-07 season before heading to Holland and England for the past two seasons.
Martell, 26 (8/21/83), will be in his sophomore season beginning this fall. The Kelowna, British Columbia native played for Mavericks' head coach Scott Hillman last season with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Martell, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound defenseman finished with 20 points on one goal and 19 assists and 89 penalty minutes in 58 games played in his rookie campaign. Prior to playing professionally, he competed for Castleton College at the NCAA Division III level for three seasons.
"We are excited to announce the signing of two big, physical defensemen," said Hillman. "Martell developed an incredible amount as a rookie last season, and MacIver has been a solid defenseman at this level for a long time."
"We continue to add to our opening night roster and are excited about the addition of these three players who bring a lot of size and presence to our club," said Brent Thiessen, Mavericks' president and general manager. "They will help us be a physical team that won't be pushed around and our fans will appreciate their brand of hockey."
Players signed for the Mavericks' 2009-10 inaugural season are as follows:
Forwards Defensemen Goaltenders
Jeff Christian Shaun Arvai Mike Gorman Travis Kauffeldt Tyler Fleck Doug Groenestege Carlyle Lewis Doug MacIver Travis Martell
The Missouri Mavericks will begin their inaugural season this fall at the brand-new Independence Events Center. Season tickets are on sale now starting at $352. The 2009-10 season schedule will be released in August. For more information, call the Mavericks' front office at (816) 252-PUCK (7825) or visit www.MissouriMavericks.com.
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