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Mavericks Complete Trades, Althaus Wins CHL Media Award

May 13, 2010 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Kansas City Mavericks News Release

INDEPENDENCE, Missouri - Missouri Mavericks Head Coach Scott Hillman announced today the Central Hockey League (CHL) team has completed all of the trades from the 2009-10 season. Missouri has acquired defensemen Matt Hanson and Andrew Winnik from the Arizona Sundogs and defenseman Jim Henkemeyer from the Tulsa Oilers. The Mavericks have also dealt forward Jeff MacDermid to the Wichita Thunder to finalize a deal that brought Andrew Davis to the Mavericks.

Hanson, Henkemeyer and Winnik are now on the Mavericks' protected list; however the team still must sign all three players for the 2010-11 season. Missouri will announce the first three player signings for the 2010-11 season on Friday, May 15 at a press conference at Independence Events Center at 11:30 a.m. All media and fans are invited to attend the event.

Hanson, 27 (12/29/82), is entering his fifth season in the CHL. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound defenseman has accumulated 58 points (21-3758) in 176 games in his pro career.

Henkemeyer, 25 (2/10/85), has played three seasons professionally including his first two seasons with the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL. The St. Cloud, Minnesota native has played 113 games pro with 37 points (13-2437) and 70 penalty minutes.

Winnik, 27 (12/14/82), played his first season in the CHL last season and has played a total of four seasons professionally. The 6-foot-4, 224-pound defenseman has played 132 games with 35 points (7-2835) and 131 penalty minutes.

In other news, Independence Examiner beat writer Bill Althaus was awarded the 2009-10 CHL Media Services Award. The award, given for just the second time, is 'Presented annuaully to the media member that has provided outstanding service to and coverage of the CHL while helping to further the recognition of the league's brand'.

Born in Independence, Missouri, Althaus put his spin on the CHL expansion team last summer with stories detailing the Mavericks planting roots in the community all the way to opening night and covering the team with great stories throughout the regular season and playoffs. Althaus found ways during the season to paint the picture of the team not only on the ice, where they qualified for the post-season in their first year, but off the ice as well with personal pieces taking fans inside the lives of head coach Scott Hillman and many of the team's veteran core players including player/assistant coach Jeff Christian and his family's fight against his daughter's illness.

Althaus has been with the Examiner for close to three decades (28 years) covering all the major sports in the Kansas City area including the 1985 World Series season of the Kansas City Royals. Along with currently covering the Mavericks, Althaus pens the stories for all of the Independence and surrounding area high school sports. He is also a published author writing a total of nine books covering the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and the University of Missouri sports teams.

The Missouri Mavericks will begin their second season in the CHL in October 2010. Season tickets are on sale now by calling (816) 252-7825 or visit for more information.

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