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Mavericks Recognized In CHL's "Best Of The Best" Poll

March 9, 2010 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Kansas City Mavericks News Release

INDEPENDENCE, Missouri - The Central Hockey League (CHL) announced today the results of the annual "Best of the Best" poll. The poll identifies the top three players or organizations in 46 categories as voted on by players, coaches and front office personnel.

The Mavericks players and organization received recognition in 10 of the 46 categories. Jeff Christian finished third in the voting for both, Best Playmaker and Smartest Player. Mavericks' captain Carlyle Lewis ranked second in Best Fighter (Heavyweight) behind Rio Grande Valley's Brett Clouthier. The only first place vote the Mavericks received went to Karl Sellan for Most Annoying Player taking 6 of the 15 first place votes. Nick Sirota ranked third in the Best Rookie category behind Josh Garbutt of Corpus Christi and Rapid City's Danny Battochio.

The organization received multiple mentions. The fans at Independence Events Center ranked third for Best Fans behind Rapid City and Colorado. Steve Garrett, the Mavericks' public-address announcer, also finished third.

Missouri's game operations department was highlighted with a third-place ranking in On-Ice Promotions and a second place bid for Best Arena Music.

The 10th and final vote went to the City of Independence that took second place in the voting for Best City. Only Allen, Texas was ranked higher.

To view a full list of the CHL's "Best of the Best" poll, visit

Missouri will host the CHL-leading Odessa Jackalopes for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13. Friday is Fan Appreciation Night and the Mavs will wear specialty jerseys. Saturday is final home game of the regular season, and the team will host a fundraiser for Ryan Christian, Jeff Christian's daughter, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment at St. Jude's hospital in Memphis. For tickets call (866) 443-8849 or visit for more information.

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