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Mavericks Announce First Two Playoff Games

March 31, 2016 - ECHL (ECHL) - Kansas City Mavericks News Release

INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI - The Missouri Mavericks have officially announced the dates of their first two post-season games in the 2016 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs. The league will announce the full schedule for the first best-of-seven series, once the opponent is determined.

Game 1 and Game 2 of the first round will be played on Saturday, Apr. 16 (7:05p.m.) and Sunday, Apr. 17 (4:05p.m.) at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

Tickets for these two games will go on sale to the general public at 10:00a.m. (CDT) on Monday, Apr. 4th online at and in-person at the arena box office.

The Mavericks, having clinched the Brabham Cup as regular season point champions, have earned home ice advantage throughout the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

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2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs Format:

The Kelly Cup Playoffs consist of each conference's (East and West) Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals, followed by the Kelly Cup Finals series between the winners of each conference. Each series is a best-of-seven series.

Kelly Cup History:

Beginning with the 1996-97 season, the Patrick J. Kelly Cup is awarded annually to the playoff champion of the ECHL.

Named in recognition of Patrick J. Kelly, one of the founding fathers of the ECHL. Kelly served as Commissioner of the ECHL for the first eight seasons before being named Commissioner Emeritus in 1996, a title which he continues to hold. Kelly is celebrating his 63rd season in hockey in 2015-16, having begun his career with the St. Catharine's Tee Pees of the Ontario Junior Hockey League in 1952. He played professionally for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League, the Troy Bruins of the International Hockey League, and the Greensboro Generals of the Eastern Hockey League. Kelly coached in the Eastern Hockey League from 1965-73 and was head coach and general manager of Charlotte in the Southern Hockey League from 1973-76. He coached the Colorado Rockies in the NHL in 1977-78 and is the only coach to lead the Rockies to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Following coaching stops in the American Hockey League, he went to Peoria in the International Hockey League where he led the Rivermen to the Turner Cup in his first season in 1984-85. The ECHL is proud to recognize his distinguished career by naming its most coveted trophy in his honor.

About the Missouri Mavericks: The Missouri Mavericks are a professional ice hockey team based in Independence, Missouri and the proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders (NHL) and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Mavs are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the ECHL-the Premier 'AA' Hockey League in North America, led by General Manager Brent Thiessen and Head Coach Richard Matvichuk. Founded in 2009, the Mavericks are entering into their seventh season in franchise history at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. Missouri competed for five seasons in the (now defunct) Central Hockey League (CHL) before formally joining the ECHL on Oct. 7, 2014 ahead of their 2014-15 campaign. Lamar Hunt Jr. was announced as the new President and Owner of the Missouri Mavericks on Feb. 6, 2015. The Mavs have made playoff appearances in five of their past six seasons, and have been honored numerous community and league awards including the Harry S. Truman Special Community Service Recognition Award, the Bud Poile Governors' Cup (CHL), and the CHL Franchise of the Year Award for four consecutive seasons.

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