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Mavericks Add Two Defensemen

August 19, 2015 - ECHL (ECHL) - Kansas City Mavericks News Release

INDEPENDENCE, MO (August 19, 2015) - The Missouri Mavericks announced Wednesday afternoon that they have signed defensemen Patrick Cullity and Wes Cunningham to standard player contracts ahead of their 2015-16 season in the ECHL.

"We are excited to add such experienced defensemen to our roster," said Richard Matvichuk, Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Missouri Mavericks. "Both Cullity and Cunningham are proven veteran players who have played well at the next level, and we are happy to welcome them to the Mavericks this fall."

Pat Cullity joins the Mavs after spending his 2014-15 season with the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL). Cullity is entering his sixth professional season, having played in seventy-eight (78) games in the American Hockey League (AHL) and 229 games in the ECHL. The twenty-eight year old defenseman hails from Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

"I am very excited for the opportunity to come play in Missouri. I had great conversations with Coach Matvichuk about the Mavs and the chance to help lead, work, and win with a group of highly talented players," said Cullity. "I have never played at Independence Events Center before, but I have heard only positive things from former and current players and opponents about the community and fan support."

"I am looking forward to the move to the Midwest with my wife, and a great season ahead of me with the Missouri Mavericks and New York Islanders organizations."

Wes Cunningham makes his return to the ECHL this season in a Mavericks sweater after spending his 2014-15 season overseas in France with Rouen. The twenty-eight year old veteran defenseman has played five previous seasons in the ECHL, while also making multiple American Hockey League (AHL) appearances, including a five-game run with the Mavericks' new affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL). Cunningham hails from Dresden, Ontario.

"I really enjoyed playing overseas last season, but I am very excited to be back in North American and to have signed with such a great organization," said Cunningham. "I have heard nothing but good things about the Missouri Mavericks and I can't wait to being another season!"

The Mavericks begin their 2015-16 campaign on the road in Anchorage, Alaska for their first-ever matchup against the Alaska Aces. Fans interested in making the trip north with the Mavs can contact our partners at Cruise Planners at or 816-796-9400 for a special Mavs travel package!

The Mavericks will play longtime rival, the Wichita Thunder, in their home-opener on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Independence Events Center. Season Tickets and Group Tickets are on sale now! Call the Missouri Mavericks at 816-252-7825 to speak with a ticket representative.

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Defensemen Wes Cunningham with the Bakersfield Condors
Defensemen Wes Cunningham with the Bakersfield Condors

(Bakersfield Condors)
Defensemen Patrick Cullity with the Idaho Steelheads
Defensemen Patrick Cullity with the Idaho Steelheads

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